After my recent sidestep into blogging about vegan food, it’s time to get back to the usual program…but not allll the way back. Not quite. A funny thing happened this week, you see. As I made a bit of noise online about seeking new vegie-based recipes, a friend recommended that I check out what Fearne Cotton has been up to lately. I remembered Ms Cotton from my days living in the UK. She was (is) a chirpy TV presenter – who has apparently started making luscious plant-based recipe cookbooks! Great recommendation. I set about ordering!
And lo, but what should then turn up in my kids’ book review pile? Yoga Babies! A super cute picture book aimed at little ones and their grown ups, tapping into the modern mum’s longing for all things healthy and mindful.
Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton & Sheena Dempsey
New Frontier (in Australia) RRP:$24.99 (AUD)
“We’re the Yoga Babies, look what we can do!” Meet a fleet of happily toddling toddlers exploring ways to stretch, relax and enjoy themselves through elementary yoga. With ‘baby yoga’ classes available in most cities these days, this is a sweet take on the practice from the children’s point of view.
The action moves between homes, gardens and classroom spaces as families use yoga to wind down before bed or alleviate the stress of a hectic day. Rhyming language makes this a charming read-along book, while the inclusion of genuine yoga poses – cat pose, child’s pose, tree, downward dog – means kids might enjoy copying the Yoga Babies’ actions while you read.
The illustrations are beautifully colourful, representing diverse families. The final page is an ‘at a glance’ guide to all the poses described in the book, which could be used in sequence as a do-it-yourself baby yoga class.
Not surprisingly, Cotton describes herself as a ‘busy mum of two’ and her cookbooks are designed to complement this book nicely with healthy family-friendly recipes.
Buy Yoga Babies from your favourite local bookstore, or here…
I received a review copy of this title but all opinions are my own.