Review & Giveaway: “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga®

Looking for a fun new book to use in your kids yoga or kids movement classes? Or a great book with simple predictable text and repeated lines to use in your reading program or speech-language therapy sessions? Then march on over to check out “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga®!

This My First Yoga® book leads children on an interactive adventure through the jungle in search of a monkey. Child friendly vocabulary and vibrant illustrations provide a series of easy to follow yoga poses that bring this Jungle Story into motion! Learn to become a hissing snake, a hiding turtle, a roaring lion, a balancing flamingo, a strong elephant & a tall giraffe as you search on a hike through a jungle for the monkey.

Here is why I LOVE this book:

  • The clear 3-step directions for each animal pose are included on that page in the story.
  • The vibrant color pose pictures really stand out against the distraction free white background. This will help kids with special needs (ADHD, Autism, Visual Impairment, etc…) and young children be able to attend to the important information in each picture.
  • I love the sitting down version of “marching”. This is an adaptation that will help kids with special needs or younger children who may not have the balance or coordination to do a standing “hiking-in-place” motion. For older kids or those that would enjoy more of a challenge, you could start out with the sitting “march” and work your way to a standing “hiking-in-place” motion or even a Brain Gym “Cross Crawl Hike”.
  • Great opportunities to answer the “yes/no” question, “Is this a monkey? No, this is a ________” throughout the book as you find each animal along the way. I made a picture card of the monkey to hold up so the kids I work with could see the picture in the book compared to the picture of the monkey.
  • Great use of repeated lines “Is this a monkey”and “March March March”.  Repeated lines in stories are a great way to promote emergent literacy skills & to provide opportunities for children to participate by “reading” part of the story (either verbally or through the use of a voice output communication aide like a BigMack).  Here is a link to an article about using “Repetitive Books:  An Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Children Diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech” by Michelle Solomon, M.A., CCC-SLP and Lavinia Pereira, M.A., CCC-SLP (http://tinyurl.com/88ltzo4). PDF version: Repetitive Books – An Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Children Diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech
  • Cool opportunities for sequencing and repeated vocabulary exposure as each animal is added to the “March March March” page as they are found along the way.

Here is a “sneek peek” inside the book:

Here is a fun printable My First Yoga® lion coloring page. Click on the picture to open a 1-page printable PDF:

Available for purchase in Paperback & Kindle Edition on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Jungle-Story-Abbie-Davies/dp/0982655916/ref=tmm_pap_title_0.

Also available in Paperback & Nook Book on Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Jungle-Story/Abbie-Davies/e/9780982655917?r=1&cm_mmc=Google%20Product%20Search-_-Q000000630-_-Jungle%20Story-_-9780982655917

My First Yoga website: http://www.myfirstyoga.com/  and Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/myfirstyoga

Additional fun things to go with a “Jungle” theme:

Looking for some great “jungle” music to go with the theme?

Music And Instructions For Jungle & Zoo Yoga Adventures by Helen Purperhart (instrumental music): http://www.amazon.com/Music-Instructions-Jungle-Yoga-Adventures/dp/B003YBLTL6

And what kids yoga class would be complete without a craft or coloring?

Lion mask: http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/lionmask.html; http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/lionmask.pdf

Monkey mask: http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/monkeymask.html; http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/monkeymask.pdf

Elephant mask: http://www.animaljr.com/printable-animal-masks-elephant-mask/

Turtle paper craft: http://www.denisefleming.com/pages/activitiesb/timetosleepturtle.html; http://www.denisefleming.com/pages/activitiesbpdfs/timetosleepturtle.pdf

Snake bracelet printable: http://daniellesplace.com/imagesA/snakebracletpat.gif or make a paper plate snake: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf676654.tip.html

Giraffe paper bag puppet: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/TCR/1557342504_48-49.pdf

Flamingo learning activity ideas: http://mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com/2011/11/ff-flamingos-preschool-style.html

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this book to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga® giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with (posts must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 3, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway 🙂
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC or My First Yoga are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 4, 2011.
  • Each winner will get one (1) copy of the paperback book “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to My First Yoga.
  • My First Yoga will be shipping the book directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $12.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

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14 responses to this post.

  1. This giveaway is now closed…… Congratulations to the giveaway winners: Candace Carriger & Margaret Ricciardone! I have e-mailed their addresses to My First Yoga so they can mail you each a copy of the book 🙂

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter…. I wish I could have sent a book to each and every one of you…. I loved reading all the comments about the work you do with kids 🙂

    I have 9 more giveaways in the works so be looking for several more opportunties to enter to win great kids yoga products soon!

    Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
    Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
    E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
    Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

    • OH WOW! This is Awesome, Angela! Thank you so much!! I’ll let you know when I use it and share the lesson. Can’t wait!! Hooray!!!
      Margaret

  2. Here are comments from the 7 entries that came in via the “Enter Giveaways Here….” tab on the OMazing Kids Facebook page:

    – I would use this book with my special needs students in movement class and with my
    younger movers as well. I can see the potential for these animals to inspire dance in
    addition to exploring the yoga poses! I think The Dance Lab would be lucky to add this
    book to our dance/yoga library!!!

    – I would love to share this book with my own two little yogis (3 and 1)…the simple text
    and illustrations would be great. We love books that combine movement and literacy.
    Also, my preschool yoga classes would enjoy this story~we love being jungle animals 🙂

    – I am an OT and attended your workshop at the Autism Conference a few weeks back! I have been using some of the cds you had given me with all my kids with sensory processing disorder to help them regulate when their engines are getting to high. The ages range from 3 years – 11 years. A majority of the population are 6-7 year old boys and they are loving the fun yoga animal poses! 🙂 Thank you again for the cds! I use them almost every day!

    – I am a dance educator for the NYC DOE in a Brooklyn elementary school and am always looking for great literature/movement connections to share with my students. I am in the process of building a classroom library of dance/movement/fitness/health related books. This book would be an awesome addition to my growing collection of great literature!!

    – I love My First Yoga and this book looks fantastic! I have 2 young children of my own
    and I am a children’s yoga instructor. I would use this book for yoga adventure with my
    children at home and in my preschool yoga classes.

    – I would love to have this for my preschool yoga class. I will also be working with
    special needs children soon and need to start gathering materials to help me.
    Namaste ❤

    – I would be using this book to explain yoga and fun poses to the kids I work with at
    elementry school. I would copy pages for them to bring home after a yoga lesson to
    review and color. This would be a great addition to the other tools I currently using to
    spread the knowledge and Joy of yoga to children.

  3. Posted by Courtney on December 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    For SLP in working with little ones with expressive/receptive language goals this predictable text book would be oh so much fun to encourage their participation in verbally filling in the predictable “march march march!” or the name of the animal they see on a new page, answering yes/no questions, requesting to hear more of the story (e.g. a child may say “turn page!”), spatial and body awareness understanding, and so many descriptive concepts!

    All the possibilities are so exciting 🙂

  4. I love My First Yoga and this book looks fantastic! I have two young children at home who love yoga, and I am a children’s yoga teacher. I would use this book for yoga adventure with my own children and in my preschool classes.

  5. Looks like such a great book! So simple for the littles to follow along. exciting! 🙂

  6. I am a new yoga kid’s teacher and I think this looks like an amazing book! I would be able to use it to show kids what we are working on and the pictures would help me get my message clear to them. I am still working on my wording and this book would be invaluable to me! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  7. Posted by Maggie on December 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    The book looks like a great resource for our toddler classrooms and home based therapy. I am always finding ways to incorporate yoga into my therapy sessions!

  8. What a fun addition to our home library (2 boys, 3 and 1) and my preschool yoga classes. I love books that tie movement in with literacy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. I teach yoga to adults, but I’d like to share my love of yoga with my children in way that is right for them. These books are beautifully written and illustrated. A perfect way to connect my family and my yoga.

  10. I love the combination of simple illustrations, animal/nature theme, and yoga descriptions. I could see using this book with my students at The Dance Lab. Especially looks great for the special needs program! and the younger movers I share dance and yoga with! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Posted by Angela Stutzman on November 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    We are a fan on Facebook and we love the weekly poses!! I would love a copy not just for my kids at home but to share with my daughter’s preschool class that does yoga daily!! I am so excited to get my little ones moving and aware of their muscle’s and physical health at an early age!! Where were you guys when I was a kid.. lol!!

  12. The kids in my Yin Yang Kids class would love to act out the story through the yoga poses in the Jungle Story! We love to explore new places in our yoga adventures. The Illustrations are so creative!

  13. Love the simple illustrations and poses! This would be a great addition to my toddler and inclusive classes! Jungle themes are so popular with the little ones!

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