The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath
Susan Verde, Author
Jay Fleck, Illustrator
Abrams Books for young Readers, Fiction, May 5, 2020
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Anger, Worry, Wolf, Pigs, Fairy Tale, Yoga, Breathing
Opening: “Once Upon a time, there was a wolf who lost his huff and his puff. As you might imagine, this was a problem for the wolf…a BIG, BAD problem.”
Book Jacket Synopsis:
Once upon a time there lived a wolf who lost his huff and his puff. It was a BIG, BAD problem!
One morning, the wolf came upon a peaceful little yogi doing sun salutations. The wolf wanted to huff and puff and blooow her hut down into a big pile of straw. But instead the yogi suggested, “Let’s meditate on that!”
Soon the wolf met a second yogi, and then a third. He may have lost his huff and puff—but with the help of three new yogi friends, can the wolf find his breath?
The calming spin on a classic fairy tale helps little wolves everywhere learn just what to do when they feel like huffing and puffing.
This is Book 1 in the Feel-Good Fairy Tales series introduces a calming spin on a classic from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Verde.
Why I like this book:
Susan Verde provides a modern twist on this beloved fairy tale. Children will identify with and empathize with the wolf’s fear and anger. It’s interferring with his “huff and puff.” Little wolf can’t breath because he’s so wound up and tense inside. Enter the three little pigs, who are master yogis.
There is a gentle flow to Verde’s sparse text. Jay Fleck’s striking digital illustrations are colorful and soothing. Readers will experience their calming impact as they turn the pages. They will learn yoga poses along with the wolf. Lovely collaboration.
This is a great classroom read-aloud. Teaching children to help calm themselves through yoga and deep breathing will give them them a wonderful coping tools for life. I am delighted that there are many more books available on yoga, which is a simple everyday practice at school or home.
Resources: There is an Author’s Note at the end of the book with tips for teachers and parents on how to teach children breathing exercises and detailed yoga poses that will help them feel better.
Susan Verde is the author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller I am Human. Her books include The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Love, My Kicks, The Water Princess, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul. In addition to writing books, she is a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor for kids of all ages. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her three children, a cat, a dog, and a tarantula. Follow Susan Verder online.
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*Reviewed from a library copy.