The ABC of Australian Animals – A Kids Yoga Story Review and Giveaway


I received a copy of The ABC of Australian Animals in exchange for an honest review.  However, the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.







Title:  The ABC of Australian Animals

Author:  Giselle Shardlow

Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk

Year of Publication: 2013

Review:  I love Kids Yoga stories for the richness of the content.  It fits in perfectly with our homeschool.  We had the opportunity to review Sophia’s Jungle Adventures a while ago, which is a fantastic yoga adventure through Costa Rica.  The ABC of Australian Animals is no different.  It’s an opportunity to travel the vast outback and learn about all kinds of animals.  We were really excited to review this book.  The kids have been obsessed with Australia since watching (many times) the 12 most dangerous – Australia on the National Geographic Channel.  While hearing about and learning about the Red Back Spider, The Great White Shark, and a variety of other interesting and scary creatures that will kill you within 30 minutes – is simply fascinating – it’s nice to learn about other exotic animals that you don’t hear about everyday.  Not only do you learn about 26 amazing creatures – but the kids perform yoga poses along the way!

I asked the kids choose 6 animals (3 each) that they were interested in learning about more in-depth.

Take a look.





A note on the video.  My commentary is not from the book, but from the research we did on the animals that we were interested in.  The story is very good, and just tells what the animal might be doing if you were walking around and came upon it.

Yoga is a difficult skill that takes a lot of strength and endurance.  My kids are just starting with this – as you have seen from the number of breaks.  I tried to make them understand this – and let them know it’s okay to take breaks.  Many of the poses need to practiced.  I tried to give them alternative starter poses (which they refused to do).  Yoga is not a one day thing.  It’s an everyday thing that needs to be practiced and perfected.  I think it’s such a great discipline of both mind and body.  I am so grateful for Kids Yoga Stories, because unlike other picture books – this one promotes the develop of the entire self.

The ABC of Australian Animals is a great book for a child of any age and with any athletic ability.  I hope you saw that there are a number of different poses, each of differing degree of difficulty.  We only choose 6 poses out of the 26 + available.

I also love that Giselle suggests a number of ways that parents and children can use this book.  Kids Yoga Stories is an integral part of our homeschool program and our lives.  It promotes literacy, fitness, strength, agility, and family togetherness.  It’s a book that truly integrates the whole self.

This is also a great activity that can be enjoyed outside (in nice weather) in the morning for relaxation before school or activities, or at night as a final routine before going to bed.

Our family loves this series of books so much, we wanted to share The ABC of Australian Animals with one family.  Please enter below for your chance to win this great book.









The Squishable Baby only reviewed the book.  Neither The Squishable Baby or any other blog hosting this giveaway  are not responsible for Prize distribution.


About Lisa

Hey! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm Lisa - a homeschool mom of 3 (2 boys and 1 girl). I care about the strength of the family in America, and often blog about babies/kids, natural parenting, homeschool, and marriage. Before you leave, please sign up for my monthly newsletter (on the top right). If you do, you will be well rewarded with notification of all giveaways and sales - which will not be announced on the blog. Google+ Profile


  1. We have Luke’s Beach Day and we love it!! I’m looking forward to adding more of Giselle’s books to our library – they are such wonderful resources!!
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  2. Danielle Lytwyn says:

    Goodnight animal world

  3. Megan M

    I would love to have Anna and her Rainbow Colored Yoga Mats.

  4. Entered the giveaway:) It looks like a very neat book. I am a keen yoga practitioner and I feel it is great for kids to learn yoga at an early age. It is also so helpful for preventing injuries in string players, I almost feel like it has go hand in hand with violin lessons!!!
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    • Awesome Maria! Thank you for entering. Wow, you do yoga? Such a difficult discipline. After one sessions – I’m like – had enough. Not coming back. Haha!

      You know, I didn’t connect yoga and violin or any instrument. That intrigues me. Thank you for this and thanks for stopping by!
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  5. Thank you for making this giveaway world wide!! We would love to add Anna and Her Rainbow Colored Yoga Mats to our library!
    Jody recently posted…Pre K Learning Activities: Birds & FlightMy Profile

  6. My daughter would love Sophia’s Jungle Adventure!

  7. Yoga practice for kids may be difficult for some days, energy drinks before and after yoga practice gives some energy and kids will not feel stressed. give break after a particular pose. Good idea to give yoga practice for kids from 5th year.
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  8. Luke’s beach day!

  9. I think my kids would love the Good Night Animals, Good Night World book. They love pretty much any book!

  10. Good Night, Animal World.

  11. This is great. I will have to check that out. My daughter loves animals & love to copy mommy’s yoga poses. I am joining you from Mommy’s Monday hop. I am already a follower but just stopping by to thank you for hosting & send some love.

  12. What a creative way to get kiddos into yoga! I loved reading this! I am pinning this to my “children” board on Pinterest.
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  13. What a great concept of a book. I wish I had the patience to do yoga. 🙂
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  14. I’ve seen Yoga Stories around for a while now. I’d love to get this for my youngest son. We love Yoga Pretzels and I can just imagine he’d like this as well.
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  15. Hi, Lisa.
    Your post on ABC of Australian Animals caught my eye! I am an author of middle grade fantasy. My first book, The Sword of Demelza, is an epic adventure where endangered animals heroes roam the pages. The book is meant to entertain with a fast paced epic story, but it has an educational aspect in that the main characters are animals that live in Australia. The book has a glossary, which gives the reader information about the flora and fauna found within the book. I also blog about endangered animals, and my main audience is kids, although I have many adult followers. I am proud to say that the blog his being used as a teaching took in classrooms. I would love to have you visit if you get a moment. Thanks for taking the time to read, and it’s very nice to meet you!
    Jeanne E. Rogers, Author
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  16. Christina Swenson

    Good Night, Animal World.

  17. I would also like this book-Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats
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  18. Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats looks like a nice story about friendships, happiness and tolerance! And who doesn’t love rainbow colours to look at?!

  19. I would love my son to have the book good night, animal world. would be a great night time story.

  20. Christina Swenson

    My daughter loved this book. It has become a must read every night at bedtime. I would definitely recommend this for those little yogis out there! Thank you Lisa!


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