The Grateful Giraffe (English)

Rated 4.78 out of 5 based on 67 customer ratings
(67 customer reviews)


Express your feelings through yoga poses for toddlers!

Join our six yoga kids from around the world as they learn about various animals and relate their behaviors to our feelings. Be a caring koala, a cranky crocodile, or a curious cat. Visit countries around the world, learn about various animals, and talk about feelings! This feelings yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide. Ages 2+.


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67 reviews for The Grateful Giraffe (English)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jesse Size

    As someone who works in wellbeing and education with early childhood years books like this are really exciting and rare. A great deal of wellbeing related material is talk-based and doesn’t get out of the head much. Unless our approaches to wellbeing include our bodies we’re missing out on something important. The Grateful Giraffe is really engaging and fun with small children. Whole classes enjoy the quality illustration, the interesting animals and the movements that you can learn as you go. The Grateful Giraffe also helps enhance a child’s emotional literacy which really helps them to communicate their experience which is important and hard to do when you’re having hard-to-have feelings. That helps children to learn how to self-regulate and to grow in empathy together within a classroom. Great book!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Another well-crafted adventure by Giselle Shardlow, this is a book about emotions that connects feelings, animals, and yoga all together. Through these beautiful illustrations by Valerie Bouthyette, children learn to identify and validate various feelings, as they are introduced to animals from around the world. My favorite animal, being the “proud peacock.” As always, the connecting yoga poses are highlighted neatly in a circle close by. There is also a guide to each of the poses in the back of the book, along with a parent-teacher guide to maximize learning potential.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erin O’Neill

    The Grateful Giraffe is an interactive book that allows children to learn about different animals from around the world and how to express their feelings through yoga poses. As an elementary school teacher, I use yoga in the primary classroom and have a lunch hour club for pre-teens and teens. The text is minimal, but I use the illustrations for inspiration to teach my students a little bit about each animal, their country of origin/habitat, depending on age level and attention span. There is a how-to guide at the back of the book that explains each pose (and a list with each animal, country, flag and pose) for those who are new to the practice of yoga. This book teaches children to identify feelings and express themselves with their bodies; it also teaches children that negative feelings are normal, but we need to learn to control them. Yoga is the perfect way to teach children about self-regulation and the importance of always being in control of their feelings. The Grateful Giraffe does not have a storyline, but allows for lots of discussion and movement. A fun book to explore different animals, feelings and movement!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    ‘Brain research shows that we learn best through physical activity.’
    I’m totally with that idea.

    I’m Japanese in Tokyo and can communicate in English like a native English speaker.
    I’ve never lived overseas or studied at any international schools. But I played with American kids who lived near an American air base in Tokyo.
    Then, I picked up my American English ‘ through physical activity’.

    Based on my own experience, I’m teaching yoga in English to kids in Japan.

    With a story that’s easy to understand and beautiful illustration, I’m sure the book will help me to spark joy and love with my students.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love this book! From the pictures to the poses, it will allow for many explorations in my classroom. I cannot wait to share it with my Early Head Start children. I like it so much I recommended my education managers review it for inclusion in each class of every center of our program.

  6. Rated 1 out of 5


    I love this book! From the pictures to the poses, it will allow for many explorations in my classroom. I cannot wait to share it with my Early Head Start children. I like it so much I recommended my education managers review it for inclusion in each class of every center of our program.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    AM Robins

    This is a sweet book featuring a variety of animals corresponding to yoga poses for children.  I read the book and did the yoga flow with my kids one morning, and they really enjoyed it!

    Giselle has included tips for how to use the book and how to use yoga in general with kids, and I loved that! There are illustrations of kids performing the poses on each spread, which is very helpful for young ones who need information in as concrete a manner as possible.  I also really enjoyed the flow–it was one that I could probably teach to my kids to use without the book eventually.

    There is an extra layer to this book–it is not just animals and movement.  Each animal is also connected to an emotion.  This requires context, of course, which can be difficult to create with just two short lines of text and a picture.  Occasionally, that context felt awkward or forced.  I would probably start with reading the book and showing the pose, and focus just on the animal and action.  With repeated readings, we could begin to explore the emotions piece of each context, with or without the yoga aspect.  (What does it mean to be grateful?  Why was the giraffe grateful?)

    Animals are always fun and relatable, and since there is no clear theme to the types of animals–i.e., jungle, zoo, farm, etc.–it broadens the opportunities to use the book.  To adapt for use in my classroom, I would use yoga chair poses, and if possible, display from my smart board so I would be hands free to demonstrate the full and adapted poses.  I would also add some simple, calm music in the background. 

    I’m always about finding multiple ways to use a resource, and Giselle included extra resources at the end for just that sort of extension. Enjoy!  There are others in her shop you might want to check out as well.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    The first thing my 4.5yr old said once we finished reading was “let’s read it again”. He really enjoyed being able to be active doing the yoga poses throughout the story. The combination of the two really helped him focus on the story. He also wondered why certain animals felt a certain way. This sparked some conversation about feelings and being aware of our emotions. Great kids book. Very engaging through simplicity with words and beautiful illustrations.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin Virginillo

    As a father and as a kid’s yoga teacher, this book is simply awesome. It’s a wonderful voyage that invites the kids to travel around the world, to learn about several animals and also it introduces some different emotions by simple addressing feelings. The text is simple, which is very useful when you are reading stories to kids from 2 to 5 years old, but can be easily expanded. The yoga poses correspond with pictures and as they are in a good order, it helps a lot to the class flow. Also you can encourage the children to make animal noises, making the class much more fun and also letting the kids stay more time on the poses. In addition, the feelings listed in the book can give you an excellent opportunity to work with the kids the expression of their own feelings. Finally the parent-teacher guide is an wonderful tool if you are a parent and you want to introduce yoga to your children or, if you´re a kids yoga teacher, it can simply be a source or a reminder of how to teach yoga to children in a properly and funny way.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Grateful Giraffe is a wonderful literacy prompt to encourage even the youngest children to communicate about their feelings. It’s beautifully illustrated and the corresponding pictures of the yoga poses are great visuals to support the mind-body connection. The text is simple, but provides the perfect starting point for both adults and children to be creative in deciding how to integrate music or props to extend the story and the yoga poses. The parent-teacher guide at the end is also helpful tool for those who don’t necessarily have a background in yoga or teaching. The Grateful Giraffe is another great resource by Giselle at Kids Yoga Stories to add to your collection!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Brody

    This book will be a GREAT addition to my yoga kids library!

    In Shardlow’s book, The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book, many common feelings are playfully introduced with a different animal for each feeling. For example, in addition to the grateful giraffe, there is a finicky flamingo, a caring koala, a frustrated frog, and an excited elephant, to name just a few. Most pages explain why the animal feels as it does, as with, “A frustrated frog can’t catch a fly.” Some pages invite more speculation about feelings as in, “A sly snake hides in the grass.” How is the snake feeling? What might it be waiting for? Using words like “finicky” invite discussion about a feeling word that may not be known by all children, expanding their vocabulary for feelings. At the end of the book there is a wonderful page that asks children, “How do you feel?”

    This book provides young children with a great way to explore and describe feelings through play, using animals they will love to become through movement and yoga poses! Being able to identify his or her own feelings as well as the feelings of others is a very important step in a child’s development, and Shardlow’s book invites children to practice this skill in an appropriate child-centered way. As with all Shardlow’s kids yoga stories, there are helpful guides for the adult as to what poses to use and how to do the poses. Shardlow also gives several suggestions for how to use this book and how to adapt the book to various ages and types of classes. Her addition of information on where each animal lives, along with that country’s flag, gives a fun way to extend the book for older children.
    I am excited to add The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book to my own kids yoga class library, and I can’t wait to use it in my kids yoga classes!

    Linda Brody: Elementary School Teacher and Kids Yoga Teacher

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne Cardamone

    Yet another beautiful book by Giselle. The words are so thoughtful and mindful. It’s a great book to get my daughter thinking and talking about her feelings as well as doing yoga poses like those animals that are featured. I love that each animal represents a different country and that ours ‘Australia’ is one of them. I love that there are guidelines on how to use the book, how to do the yoga poses and further notes for parents and teachers. Love this book.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr. Wilna Dirkse van Schalkwyk

    This is an awesome book to introduce little ones to their emotions. The different animals through which emotions and yoga poses are illustrated makes it more concrete and age appropriate. And as always in Giselle’s books the illustrations are brilliantly done, adding to the magical journey through yoga and emotions. Highly recommended!!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Steain

    If you want a beautifully illustrated book to teach young children about feelings, then this is the book to read them.
    I found the illustrations and the relationship to the feelings to be super. I know that the pre school children I teach yoga to will love this book and I cannot wait to use this in my class next week.
    Thanks Giselle for another great book.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Littlefield

    The Grateful Giraffe is a wonderful book for you and your child. The beautiful illustrations and easy to follow yoga poses are a great way to help your child learn and understand different emotions. The yoga sequence is appropriate for children still developing skills and is even more fun when you incorporate the sound effects from the story. The story also includes tips for flowing between the poses and advice for parents or teachers as they guide children on the journey to understand emotions.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    cindy higgins

    Giselle Shardlow has created another beautiful book that combines delightful, colorful illustrations with simple yoga poses in a smooth flow. I work with preschoolers with special needs who often have difficulty expressing and managing their emotions. This book will provide a lovely, gentle way to help them express themselves and help them understand what they are feeling. We enjoy all of Giselle’s books and I can’t wait to introduce this one to my little kiddos!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Holly Alexanader

    If you might enjoy cuddling with a child like a koala, galloping around with joy like a horse, or proudly sitting in hero’s pose like peacock, the Grateful Giraffe is the perfect book for you and you child. Or maybe, as you lie in savasana, you notice a heaviness in your chest and you’re able to compare it to a sad sloth. You and your child will enjoy reading and moving together while exploring how to cope with emotions like frustration and disappointment because we don’t always feel happy. Children’s moods are constantly changing. The Grateful Giraffe helps children identify feelings and then goes a step further to help them know what to do with the emotions. Yoga movement is an incredibly powerful tool to help teach about emotions. The Grateful Giraffe is a beautiful book to help your child understand the connection between feelings and what is going on around their world. A great book for play therapists, yoga teachers, or anyone who enjoys helping children understand that it’s okay to feel whatever they are feeling. Thank you Giselle for another fine book.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Banzet

    The Grateful Giraffe is full of learning and fun for the whole family. Each of the poses chosen to correspond with the animal are relatable for kids and will be sure to bring out their imaginations. There is so much thoughtfulness put into this book with regards to bringing children awareness of emotion, movement and breath. I am thrilled that it has been designed to use with kids as young as toddler age. This book includes everything that I’ve been looking for to be able to introduce yoga to my 3 year old nephew. Along with the story and beautiful illustrations, the book also includes very helpful tips and instructions. I am so happy to start a collection starting with The Grateful Giraffe and look forward to exploring more books from Kids Yoga Stories.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    CM Pannell

    Although currently on summer vacation, I cannot wait to get back to the preschool and read The Grateful Giraffe to our kiddos. They will love the simple story and beautiful illustrations as well as the yoga poses. On a whim one day, I introduced them to yoga (from one of Giselle’s posters) after chapel and now if I forget to do it, they let me know. The poses in The Grateful Giraffe are simple enough that even my 2 yr olds will be able to do some of them. I like that the story opens the door to talk more about both feelings and animals. The instructions from Giselle on how to read and interact with the kids are a bonus. I will also be incorporating the relaxation part at the end – Giselle’s explanation of its importance was spot on and can only help our busy preschool students.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Giselle’s books are invaluable to me as a preschool classroom teacher and children’s yoga teacher. I think I have every one of them and at times it’s difficult to choose which to use. I love how The Grateful Giraffe introduces and weaves yoga postures, animals and feelings together all in an age appropriate and relevant manner. The concepts and text are clear and simple to use with young children and can also be expanded and useful with a variety of developmental ages and stages. This book is beautifully written, wonderfully illustrated and magically engaging. It provides a powerful opportunity for emotions to be addressed through movement as well as vocal expression. The world of children’s yoga has been lovingly enriched by Giselle’s work and her passion in sharing her gifts with others.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Lovely creative book to play and learn with your toddler about animals from different continents, yoga poses, and feelings. Each animal and pose have a page with beautiful illustrations. The story doesn’t really connect the different animals and places (only reason why I didn’t give 5 stars), but it is perfect for toddlers, and each time we go through it we add our story lines while doing the yoga pose. Emotions that the animals may feel are a great addition. If you are not used to do yoga with little kids the author gives you a very clear and well done guide and tips for a enjoyable and safe experience. I personally will use it also with older kids who are learning English.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    What a sweet book with beautiful illustrations. Love that it is simply written and geared for preschool, but can also be easily adapted for children with special needs of varying ages. The story can be used to help children who have trouble identifying and/or expressing emotions. Kids will enjoy practicing the poses in a safe and playful manner with fun sound effects. I can just hear the joy! Will definitely use it in my work as a speech-language pathologist.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nik Haley

    I love this book, the illustrations are gorgeous and I love how the yoga poses flow in the book. It opened up a conversation about animals feelings and then our feelings. I will definitely be ordering this book to use with my little yogis. My grandson who was 5 loved the story too.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5


    I am an educator as well as a kid’s yoga teacher. I like to incorporate literature in my yoga classes to introduce yoga poses and yoga principles. This is a cute book for young children. I love the vibrant colors, realistic illustrations, and simple wording. Some of the animals appear to jump right off of the page. This book was not the typical storybook with a plot that I was expecting but it was enjoyable. Each page consisted of an emotion related to the animal. For example, “A curious cat peeks around a tree. Snarl-snarl-pounce.” The kids had a blast mimicking the sound effects/onomatopoeia of the animals and their actions, using their imagination, and pretending to be the animals. This book lends itself to great dialogue, movement, and creativity. This is a nice book to begin the conversation on various emotions/feelings and expose children to new vocabulary.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is adorable! The pictures are cute and the poses are well illustrated for use by less trained people such as teachers or parents. I’m going to use this with my class soon. Get those kids moving!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great book on so many levels. It is a great introduction to common (as well as many less common) forms of feelings, and gives kids the opportunity to explore these feelings in a fun and creative way. Children will enjoy becoming various animals and making the associated noises. The pictures are beautiful and the vocabulary is perfect for preschoolers. Another great addition to a kids yoga library!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzie Djidjoli

    This is one of my favorite Giselle Shardlow books thus far! I work with preschoolers with special needs, so books with simple, but powerful, text and vibrant illustrations are always a hit. I can think of many ways I can use this book in my language therapy sessions, from describing emotions to discussing animal attributes and actions to matching animals with their noises. The yoga poses add a movement element to my sessions for my kinesthetic learners.

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    Meg Stegemann

    I LOVE using Giselle’s Kids Yoga Resources! From books, to yoga pose cards & ideas in the blog there is always something engaging & interesting to bring to my children & family yoga classes that Giselle has shared.

    That being said, as a children & family yoga teacher I love finding new resources to recommend to my families & schools. The Grateful Giraffe is an engaging & wonderfully illustrated yoga pose & feelings guide. I loved that each page contained an animal familiar to most children, a matching yoga pose & a feeling word. This book would be great for independent practice or take-home activity for children & families. While I would not consider this a traditional “storybook” it is a really great yoga ands SEL resource for families or teachers interested in talking to their children about feelings or identifying feelings in the body. There are several different resources in the back of the book for parent or teacher: pose guide, feelings list, pose directions & tips for practicing yoga & yogic principals with children. Overall, a fantastic yoga and SEL resource!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tamara Jennex

    The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book by Giselle Shardlow was my first introduction to this author. As I am working towards my certification to be a children’s yoga instructor, I found that this book will be a great resource for teaching the younger ages. The illustrations are beautiful and simple and having a picture of a child in the pose is very helpful. There are also so many other activities that could be built off of the story such as looking at feelings more deeply, learning about animals from around the world and learning about different areas of the world and their flags.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria Rietdyk

    I almost want to refer to this book as The Gentle Giraffe!
    The book provides such a peaceful and calm energy. It is so simple yet extremely effective in providing our young yogis with yet another delightful kids yoga story from Giselle featuring beautiful illustrations from Valerie Bouthyette.
    I especially love the opportunity to add in some vocals – children love to use their voices to pretend to be animals. Plus, the flags from across the world are a great addition too!!!
    Big Thank You to Giselle for another great read from Kids Yoga Stories 🙂

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenna H.

    As a children’s yoga instructor I really enjoyed this book! It would be such a great tool for any teacher, parent or any adult who wants to share yoga with younge children. The pictures are great and there is a wonderful guid in the back of the book. I will definitely be using this book when teaching yoga to my little ones.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    These books never disappoint.
    I love that it’s short and sweet. I teach a lot of 30 minute yoga classes in the school system for very young children. This will definitely keep their interest and they will have loads of fun making animal sounds and doing the poses!!!
    Thank you for another fun book to assist in my teaching.

  33. Rated 1 out of 5


    I love Giselle’s website and the many great resources she provides. I was interested in reviewing The Grateful Giraffe as I hadn’t used any of her books before. The Grateful Giraffe wasn’t quite what I expected. I agree with another review in that it is not a storybook, but rather more of a compilation of illustrated yoga poses. The illustrations are beautiful and the book has an array of poses paired with feelings which I thought was very good. However, I expected a storybook about being grateful, based on the title. Having said that, it is a wonderful picture book and can definitely be useful not just with this age but perhaps slightly older children whom have special needs as I teach an adapted yoga class with children who have autism and other challenges.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Grateful Giraffe will be a wonderful tool to use with the special needs students that I teach. The beautiful illustrations and simple text are engaging to look at and encourage young children to explore the text with the yoga poses inlcuded beside each picture. I have used Giselle’s books before in my yoga classes for young children and they thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the story through pose. Giselle has a unique ability to entertain and educate through her delightful children’s books and this one is no different.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Healey

    Michelle Healey from South Africa – My girls loved this book, with it’s wonderfully illustrated pictures and well put together feelings match with the animals, it makes it so effective. Be soft and cuddly like a koala and we can all relate to being a snappy crocodile. When I did the yoga poses I allowed my girls to say “what am I grateful for, what am I feeling sad about”, so they are hear in a safe place. My children related to these animals and the feelings.
    Thank you Giselle for another wonderful book to help us grow and nurture our children.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    jackie parass

    Beautiful illustrations along yoga poses and different feelings. Definitely recommend!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great book to get kids who love animals to do yoga and address feelings. Beautiful illustration and easy to read text. Love it!

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tracey Ellery

    Beautiful visuals and a simple text which is age appropriate. the pose guide is also very useful for those new to yoga.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this book! Simple anf fun. Great way to introduce some different emotions and engage children in movement activity.. The yoga poses make sense and are in a good order to help the class flow. The illustrations are lovely and the pictures of children in the yoga poses are really helpful.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Megan Johnson

    Giselle writes amazing books. This one is no exception.

    Full of creativity, culture, and fun, The Grateful Giraffe takes kids around the world as they learn about animals while also exploring and learning about their feelings. Kids get to learn about the countries of the world, identify emotions, and yoga poses all at once!

    This book is beautifully written, wonderfully illustrated, and provides a fantastic combination of physical movement and emotional management. It is the perfect tool for kids to learn about emotions and actions and how to use yoga to demonstrate and manage those emotions. The yoga poses throughout the book flow wonderfully to give you and your child the perfect yoga class- it makes you want to grab your mat and practice!

    I love the combination of reading, listening, and physical movements! It keeps kids active while also stimulating their brains! This book is perfect for social-emotional learning! The Grateful Giraffe also talks not only about “good” emotions but the “bad” ones, while also including the perspective that animals have feelings too.

    The Grateful Giraffe also includes a parent-teacher guide and full instructions of yoga poses, which are perfect for those who are new to yoga!

    The Grateful Giraffe is perfect for home, school, daycares, yoga classes, and more!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is great for young kids as it is not really a story as much as a collection of animals, feelings, and yoga poses. As a school based physical therapist, I will get a lot of use out of this book since it is packed with a lot of strength building yoga poses paired with wonderful illustrations. A great opportunity to use with kids with special needs to discuss feelings. Another success by Giselle to get kiddos moving while reading. Thank you!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love The Gentle Giraffe as a simple feelings book as it is geared around nature and animals but simply addresses feelings. The illustrator portrays realistic illustrations that are inviting.
    As with all of her books, Giselle incorporates yoga poses with corresponding pictures. It is beneficial for early readers that each picture or pose be close to the illustration. The text is simple yet the feeling can be expanded. The sound or motion that each animal makes with a rhyming rhythm is good for early readers. Children can be encouraged to make the noises or sounds of the movements with each yoga pose for a multi-sensory aspect. The simple minimal text will allow me to stop and have students spend more time on the poses.
    I can see students adding a singsong rhyme and pose for other desired animals.
    The list of poses near the end will be great for follow up Occupational Therapy sessions or for those shorter in length or for those students who need more practice. The parent teacher guide offers important yet not cumbersome information. The list of feelings can also be beneficial to students to help express their own feelings or to utilize in a writing lesson.
    This book makes a great addition to my collection of yoga books by Giselle.
    I love the motivational ways to combine movement and learning and adding social/emotional strengths for the benefit of all of my students.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carolina Sánchez

    This book is a lovely resource both for parents and (yoga) teachers who want to include more movement to the reading time and orientation about feelings at a young age. It shows an easy story with basic asanas in drawings and clear instructions to achieve them. Nice drawings of the animals and an educational piece where they show the places animals come from (including flags).

    Carolina S -yoga teacher and PT-

  44. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is a wonderful book to engage young children into talking about feelings in a playful and open way. The illustrations aid wonderfully in exploring the feelings. Both the pictures as the texts allow for an easy way to start talking about feelings and leaving the possibility to take the conversation to a deeper level. Through the visual, auditory and motion senses the subject of feelings is made accessible to young kids…….and even the parents/teachers might learn a new thing or two!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim Scoville

    I loved this book! The illustrations are perfect and not overwhelming! The book has a peaceful fee to it. It is a great way to talk about feelings. I will use this book in my children’s yoga program.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    I run a daycare and love including yoga in the curriculum. This is a great way to introduce yoga because it gives them a clear vision of what the pose should be while introducing a new concept (yoga poses) through familiar ideas (stories and animals). I would definitely consider using more of these stories in my school.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura S.

    Very simple illustrations, not busy or overwhelming. The text is also very simple and concise which then lends itself to discussion with the children about their feelings. Also included are illustrations of the yoga poses to correspond with various animals with descriptions on how to do each pose. The book also includes animals from various parts of the world which gives it an international, multicultural flavor. This is a great tool to use in a classroom setting or kid’s yoga class.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Colleen Sippel

    Love the book and the pictures they are very eye catching. Just started doing kids yoga at the library I work for and the kids love it. I’m excited to add this one to my list to do with them. I like how at the end it talks about their feelings. It is so important for kids to get in touch with their feelings and understand them. Also love that it goes through how to do the poses making it easier to explain to the kids how to do them. The only thing I wish they would have done was put the name of the country under the flags, that would have made it a little easier for those of us that don’t know our flags that well. But that is such a small thing it really doesn’t matter. Love this book!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great addition to any kids’ yoga library! As an elementary school counselor, I especially love that the book incorporated feelings into the animal poses. Younger kids will love following along and mimicking the animal poses as they follow the story, and then, if you want, it can lead into a discussion on how they are feeling that day!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5


    We love The Grateful Giraffe! from the variety of animals (and sounds) to the yoga flow. The interactive body movements and the short passage are a perfect blend. The Grateful Giraffe features animals and yoga postures and feelings.
    At the end of the story, Ms. Shardlow includes the flags of the country that the animals are from. As a teacher, I know that I can use this helpful reference. Also at the end of the book, all the yoga moves are explained, and the feelings are matched with the animals.
    Kids love animals, kids love yoga. My students that I shared the story with LOVED this book, too! The animal with noises-yoga connection made it easy for the kids to remember the poses-feelings and animals, too!
    Great for any story time!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gloria Sanford-Breton

    The Grateful Giraffe is a lovely book filled with beautiful illustrations and a doorway to creativity. Instead of including a particular story line, this book offers the opportunity for young children to explore yoga poses and feelings and many different ways. There are so many options for using this book in a yoga class or during reading time. I also appreciate the explanation of how to do the yoga poses and information about the animals in the book. The Grateful Giraffe is another treasure from Giselle Shardlow that will be included in my kids yoga classes.

    Gloria Breton, OTR/L, RYT, RCYT

  52. Rated 4 out of 5

    Leyna Shelton

    I think this book is wonderful at helping young children learn about yoga and also to help them explore their emotions. The illastrations are colorful and interesting

  53. Rated 5 out of 5


    The first thing that grabbed my attention was the beautiful and cheerful illustrations. I read the book once to familiarize myself with the rhythm of the words and yoga poses. Immediately, I wanted to grab my yoga mat and flow through the sequence, which has a natural rhythm to it. The inclusion of details regarding each animal and its corresponding pose is very helpful for beginning yoga students or teachers. I found the Parent and Teacher Guide helpful and encouraging without being condescending.

    I was excited to share this book with my preschooler as he has recently developed an enjoyment of and desire to practice yoga with me. He found a few of the poses to be quite challenging but he loved the colorful pictures and being able to see the Yoga Kids demonstrate each pose. Discussing the emotions each animal exhibited led to an entertaining and informative playtime.

    We have read several other yoga books (by a variety of authors) and this has quickly become our favorite. I received an ARC for an honest review but am looking forward to adding this book to our collection.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon P

    I love all Giselle’s yoga books! This book is a great way to introduce feeling while doing yoga poses which allows for an opportunity to address the concept in a fun way. Her books make it so easy to introduce yoga poses in a fun and creative way that keeps kids engaged and wondering what pose and feeling will come next. Its a great way to be creative though the gift of using her books to mix up how the poses are presented. I love doing yoga with kids but can struggle with the creative part, following her simple format makes it easy for anyone to teach yoga poses and be creative!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love this book! The yoga poses are simple and straight forward and will appeal to many age levels and abilities. The range of feelings incorporates unfamiliar vocabulary which allows for discussion and an opportunity for the child to learn new words. The bright poses illustrated in the back of the book allow for even more opportunities for imaginative dialogue and story telling. The parent-teacher guide is also very helpful for anyone who wants to incorporate yoga into their classroom, story time, or anytime! I plan on using this in my yoga storytime at the library!!

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amii Ruan

    I read ‘The Grateful Giraffe’ for the first time with my two year old today. It was also her first time doing yoga and ‘The Grateful Giraffe’ was perfect for this introduction. Each page features an animal, with a yoga pose to match. The yoga poses flow neatly from one to the next. My daughter found some of the poses a little tricky, but with practise and support I’m sure she can do them all. We’re now going to use the book to continue practising yoga and to talk about different feelings.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5


    A very sweet book introducing yoga poses, animals from around the world, and recognition of feelings. This book is a simple and sweet introduction to yoga for young children. I can definitely see myself using it with my pre-school yoga classes. The illustrations and pose descriptions are helpful for children to see how to do the poses and for adults in guiding the poses. The list of emotions at the end of the book is a nice age-appropriate way to help children learn to identify and name feelings. Definitely recommend to those with young children or those teaching yoga in a preschool setting.
    – Andrea Creel
    Owner, Shining Kids Yoga

  58. Rated 5 out of 5


    Once again Giselle has created a wonderful children’s book. Incorporating feelings and animals is a lovely idea, and one that the children will easily relate to. The illustrations are large and easily recognizable for the children as well. Each pose is reflective of the specific animal, so the children will make the connection, plus they are all very simple poses, and ones that many children will have already practiced through use of Giselle’s other books.

    I love that she added the corresponding countries for each animal, as well. As always, the easy to follow instructions for each pose, and the information for the parents/teachers has been included – especially the emphasis on safety while having fun. Can’t wait to get started on this latest journey with the children.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Valerie D

    This is a wonderful teaching tool especially needed at a time when we, as a whole, are learning to connect or re-connect to our feelings. Being able to identify and experience our feelings is mandatory and this book helps us to embrace all feelings, not just the “good” ones! For that, it may be applicable to a wider target than just ages 2 to 5. I liked the side by side illustrations. I am a yoga teacher but for those who are not trained in the field, this book gives both verbal and pictorial descriptions of poses that you can share with confidence. Also, some great suggestions included in the Parent/Teacher guide. Yes, this book may not be told in a traditional story sense, but that is where your creativity is allowed. My favorite sentence in the entire book, “Lighten up and enjoy yourself.”

  60. Rated 5 out of 5


    ‘The Grateful Giraffe’ is a wonderful yoga story. It is thoroughly engaging for the little ones. The story is very well written and the illustrations are gorgeous. The story covers a range of simple yoga poses in an easy to follow sequence. Not only do the kids get to practice their yoga in a fun way, but they also get to learn a number of things too. I particularly love the fact that the kids can learn about animals from around the world, and they also get to learn about feelings and emotions. As we all know ages 2-5 is a big developmental period for kids and learning to deal with emotions is particularly challenging for them during this period. ‘The Grateful Giraffe’ allows little ones to learn the names of and explore a number of these emotions in a fun and entertaining way. This story ticks all of the boxes for me, as a mum and as a teacher. ‘The Grateful Giraffe’ is a highly recommended read!

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful Book to Incorporate in a Children’s Yoga Class or Child Home Practice

    I am reviewing this as a Children’s Yoga Instructor, I think books are often a great addition to a lesson. My struggle when incorporating books into class is that I find it to be sometimes awkward when deciding how and when to do the yoga poses mentioned in a book. Do I read the book first fully through then do the yoga poses? Or read once through and stop a bunch of times to do the yoga pose? What I appreciate so much about this book is that on each page it clearly has an illustration of a child doing a yoga pose which makes it so easy to read through the book and have the children look at the pose and do it, no explanations needed. I also enjoy the “feeling” words the story has it’s a little twist on a classic “zoo”/”animal” theme yoga book. Great to spark a conversation about emotions and feelings among kids.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beautifully illustrated and simple text is sure to keep my preschoolers attention. Really appreciated the detailed directions for each pose at the end of the book.

  63. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Grateful Giraffe is a wonderful tool which provides a combination of play, movement, physical and emotional management. All the benefits of children yoga are combined with improving children’s emotional awareness and validation of their emotions.
    As a child therapist and child yoga teacher I was delighted to find a tool that can have physical, emotional and psychological benefits for young children.
    This book is beautiful, the drawings are big and full of colour which is perfect for the target age and makes it very attractive for young children.
    The book includes a variety of emotions, positive and negative which allows children to be in contact with a variety of feelings such as caring and happiness to feeling frustrated and cranky. The book also shows that emotions have consequences in their lives.
    The book emphasizes the need to be safe and careful practicing yoga but it is also designed in a safe way for the body starting with standing poses, balancing poses, back bends and finally restorative poses.
    I also thought it was interesting to include the origin of animals and it was an opportunity for children to learn through play and yoga.
    This is a very unique book, a very useful resource and I really loved it.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5


    I think preschoolers will enjoy the book as an interactive book. You could also use the book as an extension to emotions. When a child is sad, talk about the emotions the child feels like the sad sloth or the grateful giraffe etc. At the end is a list of how to do the poses, animals from around the world and a parent teacher guide. I enjoyed Giselle’s book as did my grandson. It is age appropriate for 2-5.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    laura jenks

    The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book ★★★★★ from Laura JenksDaly on May 29, 2017

    Yoga for Young Children

    A wonderful clear and easy way to introduce young children into the world of yoga! The poses are easy to follow and kids will love the animal comparisons. The introduction of feelings is an added bonus. A must for yoga teachers or classroom teachers.

  66. Rated 5 out of 5


    What an awesome book on introducing the many feelings we may have. I am working with a 4 year old autistic boy. He can learn the yoga poses associated with each animal in addition to how or why he may feel a certain way. This is very well organized and at the end, the contents are nicely resummarized. Highly recommended! I also thought the flags around the world for which the animals came from is a bonus educational piece.

  67. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Parent

    I love the way it is written so that I will be able to read to the students and pause to do each pose. The pictures definitely keep their interest.

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