Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey
|Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Zoe Morris|
|Summary: It's 2017, and now even babies are doing yoga. If you can shake the cynicism of it all this is actually quite a fun book, and with some beautiful illustrations.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: September 2017|
|Publisher: Andersen Press|
|External links: Author's website|
Radio host, TV presenter, fashion designer, author – is there anything Fearne Cotton can't do? Based on the content of this book, we can undoubtedly add Yoga to the ongoing list of talents, because it's hard to imagine any other way in which this came into being.
Yoga Babies is quite upfront about what it is; a picture book about, erm, babies doing yoga. Told in rhyme (always a favourite of mine), this book follows suitably ethnically-diverse children as they try out various yoga poses. These really are little tiny babies – nappy clad youngsters, some of whom seem still to be working towards sitting up unaided – and I must confess I'd never thought this was an age group who needed yoga. It makes sense though, if we're thinking about yoga as a way to stretch and play, because a lot of the positions are how many children may find themselves during the day anyway, flat on their back sucking their toes, for example.
Despite the terribly middle class feeling that this book just can't shake, it's quite a fun read. It's beautifully illustrated with lots of colour and detail on every page, and the poses are both recognisable to anyone who has done even one class, but also completely achievable for most toddlers. With their innate flexibility, I can't imagine any 2 year old seizing up in a downward dog the way their parents might. Each page features a new child and a new pose, and these are summarised at the back and given their proper names too, as an easy form of reference. The rhyme also gives it a lovely, bouncy feel for reading aloud. All in all, a lovely package.
It may make you roll your eyes initially, but I did smile my way through this book. The warning at the front not to leave your babies unattended while they practice yoga (!) seemed slightly over cautious, but was no doubt lawyer-recommended. That said, I feel it's quite a 'safe' book in terms of the poses it chooses (no headstands etc) and if you really did have a precocious toddler who took it upon themselves to pull this book off the shelf and copy the pictures in it, all that is really going to happen is that when you spot what they're up to, you'll have some great material for the next dinner party and/or great photos for Instagram (#soblessed of course). If we do stick with the safety angle, though, they only thing you could really find fault with in this book is the lack of socket covers in the hall where the babies start the story…
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending us this book to review. For 'exercise' for even littler ones, why not look at Baby Gym: Calm and Soothe by Sanja Rescek.
You can read more book reviews or buy Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey at Amazon.co.uk
You can read more book reviews or buy Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey at Amazon.com.
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