Twist: Yoga Poems
Twist: Yoga Poems
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Annotation: A collection of poems composed to inspire different yoga poses.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #3120278
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Illustrator: Paschkis, Julie,
Pages: 39 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-689-87394-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-689-87394-2
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2005015888
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Wong and Paschkis, who have collaborated on poetry titles about dreams (Night Garden, 2000) and superstitions (Knock on Wood, 2003), focus on yoga in their latest attractive picture-book collection. Each selection, presented on a double-page spread, is named after a differentasana(pose): Down Dog, Child's Pose, and so on. The best of the brief poems communicate yoga's philosophy and feeling in language and imagery that is immediately accessible: Breath is a broom / sweeping your insides. Some selections will help children visualize the shapes of the poses: Head to foot to foot, / Finger to finger to toe . . . My body is a puzzle of triangles. Paschkis' vibrant watercolors greatly enhance the book's appeal with portraits of multiethnic yogis demonstrating the poses, surrounded by lively, paisley-patterned borders of animals, plants, and figures. Kids eager to try the featuredasanamay want to move on to Thia Luby's Children's Book of Yoga (1998), Liz Lark's Yoga (2003), and Baron Baptiste's My Daddy Is a Pretzel (2004).
Horn Book
Most of the sixteen poems in this book each focus on a particular yoga pose. Wong's verses effectively evoke their subjects, and Paschkis's elegant watercolors swirl with movement. Framed illustrations depict each pose, while animals, people, and related objects border the frame with Indian motifs. Suitable both for readers already familiar with yoga and those just getting started.
Kirkus Reviews
The current yoga craze insinuates its way into children's poetry in this attractively designed volume. Sixteen poems illuminate a variety of yoga attitudes, beginning with "Breath" ("Breath is a broom / sweeping your insides") and ending with "Twist." A multicultural cast of happy child yogis stretches and poses its way through the collection, framed in boxes set against mandala-like backgrounds that extend the theme of each given position. So a boy in the eagle position appears opposite the text box, both of which are set against a symmetrical landscape with mirror-image eagles perched atop, and so on. The poetry itself at its best both encapsulates the position in question and adds a zen fillip: "A warrior / takes his stand, / feet planted sturdy and strong. / Before long, he sees / he is heading the wrong way. / He turns and / takes his stand, / feet planted sturdy and strong." Altogether, it's a thoughtful, well-crafted approach to an activity that is beginning to make inroads into elementary wellness curricula. Whether this volume, like America's infatuation with yoga itself, will have lasting appeal is debatable. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This collection of 16 poems touches on the uplifting and emotional aspects of yoga, putting words to the spirit of the poses and evoking the energy and feelings of the practice. Wong's simple verses read almost like haiku, using imagery to get to the essence of the positions, rather than teaching how to perform them. On each spread, Paschkis's watercolor paintings frame both the poem and a child performing the pose with colorful fauna, flora, and people that suggest India as well as that particular exercise. The youngsters are varied ethnically though all wear clothing with Indian colors and patterns. The words and images blend together effortlessly, with energy and beauty. A few minor concerns: Tree pose should never be done with the foot directly on the knee as shown in the illustrations. Handstand shouldn't be done with the head on the floor and is a dangerous pose for children to try without direction. However, this is not an instruction book and readers should be directed to resources such as Baron Baptiste's My Daddy Is a Pretzel (Barefoot, 2004) to learn the actual poses. A simple author's note provides added encouragement for novices. Lovely to listen to and to look at, Twist is sure to inspire some new yogis.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 764
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 114544 / grade: Lower Grades

Come explore yoga in a new way with TWIST,
a collection of sixteen original poems sure to inspire even the youngest yogi! Feel the damp soil beneath you as Cobra, and grab hold of a star as Half-Moon. From Low Crow to Eagle and from Triangle to Tree, yoga comes alive with Janet S. Wong's artful creativity. Add vibrant illustrations by Julie Paschkis, and each pose is no longer simply a stretching position, but a picture and a story that will exercise the imagination as well as the body.

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