Hello, Bali (English)

Rated 4.79 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
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Energize your body and mind with this yoga island adventure book

Say good day to the magical island of Bali through these energizing yoga poses for kids. Join one of the Yoga Kids, Anamika, as you surf like a surfer, dance like a Balinese dancer, and sit like a monkey. Included is a list of Kids Yoga Poses, Basic Indonesian phrases, and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on creating a successful yoga experience. Age group: Toddler, preschoolers ages 2-5.

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24 reviews for Hello, Bali (English)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Asa – Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

    Beaches, Sand and Palm trees!

    Bali might be perfect place to practise yoga poses. But if you, just like me, live a long way from the beach, you might need to use a bit of imagination to feel the warm breeze. If you close your eyes and breathe deeply, the colourful illustrations by Emily Gedzyk may help to transport you to the magic island.

    Meet Anamika and her family, who travel to Bali on vacation. Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book by Giselle Shardlow is a perfect introduction to yoga poses. You can dance like a Balinese dancer, say hello to a waterfall by bending forward, or imitate the way dolphins splash around in the water. I love the way a pose is linked to the nature on Bali and beach activities, for example, the yoga pose Warrior 2 is described as “Surfers ride the rolling waves.”

    You see a circular picture of a girl performing the yoga pose on some of the pages and there is also a list of all the poses at the end of the book.

    There are some general advice at the end about how to arrange a yoga session and about the importance of engaging the child in the yoga session. Giselle says:

    “Ooze creativity, imagination, and abundance. Encourage each child to tap into his or her own creativity and imagination through movement and breath. Use the book as a springboard to other engaging learning activities.”

    This book can be used to learn a new language. You can learn to count and say “How are you?” and “My name is. . .” in Indonesian (or English). Maybe you can introduce some of these words while you are reading the story. This story is all about action and you need to test and try the poses – a perfect opportunity to practice counting to five, ten or even twenty in a new language while you hold a pose or practice your breathing skills. This could be done after your child is more familiar with the poses.

    The book is recommended for toddlers to early primary. But I think with some additional work the book can be appreciated by older children. You can give the creative muscles a workout by adding poses related to animals found on Bali Bali has a rich wildlife. For example, the stunning and colourful wrinkled hornbill. Or why not invent a resting pose inspired by a bright bug?

    We love moving and twirling around. And reading. And learning about new languages and cultures (something that is important for bilingual children to help them understand that they are not the only one speaking a different language). Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book helps us to do all these things.

    Yoga practise can help a child to develop good posture and a stronger sense of self-esteem. Yoga is also a mental exercise and this will deepen a child’s ability to focus and concentrate. I will finish by highlighting that these are valuable life skills for both children and parents. And I need to practice catching that wave. . .

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer – The Good Long Road

    Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book from Kids Yoga Stories was the perfect way for us to engage in yoga together again. Wild Thing loves learning about new cultures, and he loves yoga, so this book is perfect for him. Some of the poses were easier for him and some we will need to practice and practice to get right, but that’s what makes it fun.

    He’s always enjoyed yoga as something he gets to do with mommy, but this book allowed him to enjoy it in another way as well. He loved going back and forth between the yoga mat and the book, and we got lucky because the book contained many letter S words, which we happen to be focusing on right now too.

    We’ve also been discussing meditation a lot, which is a byproduct of his interest in Star Wars, so he enjoyed learning some of the poses that lend themselves more toward meditation, in particular Hero’s Pose.

    We focused on deep, slow breaths and worked on calming our mind and body. I’d like for Mother and Son Yoga to be something that we do regularly again, and I know that using this book will help us.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca – Frantic Mommy

    Hello, Bali is about a girl from India visiting Bali with her family. I love it when I can share information about other cultures with my kids.

    Yoga moves for kids! I have been trying very hard to get my daughter interested in yoga (I am a total yoga newbie myself) and she’s been resistant until now. Hello, Bali introduced yoga in a fun way that coincides with the book. Yoga moves include hello to the sun in Bali, the beach, sailboat, dolphin, sunbathers and more! Classic yoga moves “kid-a-fied.” 🙂

    The last thing we LOVED (me especially) was that it created some fun and special “together time” between myself and our daughter. Life is so busy and hectic, it was nice to read, decompress, exercise and even be silly for awhile.

    Two thumbs up for Hello, Bali!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirsten – Toddling in the Fast Lane

    Chiquita and I love doing yoga together! When Giselle Shardlow was looking for bloggers to review her new book “Hello, Bali” we jumped at the chance! We received an electronic copy of the Spanish version “Hola, Bali”.

    First off, this book is ideal for language learners because of the repetition. Each page introduces a word/pose and then says “Hola, ______”. It was natural to have Chiquita says this phrase along with me as we did each pose. So apart from the yoga aspect, for language learning it was great to have an action with each word to help her learn the vocabulary.

    At the end they even had a section to learn Indonesian! It would be a fun extension activity to do the suggested actions with a partner repeating the phrases in both languages!!

    The flow of the poses was great. It was very natural to move from one to the next. After the story the author has a couple pages reviewing each poses and it makes it very natural to learn the poses with the story and finish by repeating the poses in a flow sequence.

    Ironically, the first time I got Chiquita to read this book with me she didn’t want to. She kept asking if we could do “the other yoga book”, Giselle Shardlow’s “ABCs of Australian Animals“. Ha! Once we started she was VERY enthusiastic about being the baby monkey for me to groom.

    I haven’t made a secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of Giselle’s yoga books. I think these would be ideal for any kids yoga class or personal practice.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    When my kids were little, we all did yoga together as a family and the Kids Yoga Stories provide an excellent introduction to some of the more common yoga poses such as the triangle pose, chair pose, cobbler’s pose, resting pose among many others. In each of the stories, the author uses a piece of the landscape to provide a model for the pose, which is then depicted in a bubble at the bottom of the page as well as in an “index”of poses in the back of the book. So, for example, on the page introducing the “Dancing Ganesha” pose, there is an image of two Indonesian dancers to help children visualize how their body should be shaped when in this pose.

    As with all Kids Yoga Stories books, there is a section at the back of the book providing an introduction to the practice of yoga. Parents, teachers, caregivers and so on are provided with tips regarding safety considerations, the use of props, teaching children to breathe and relax as well as so much more information. This section is an excellent add-on.

    Hello Bali is filled with beautiful imagery associated with the landscapes of Bali such as the ocean, the jungles, waterfalls, mountains, and more as well as aspects of the Indonesian culture such as the markets, the dancers, temples and more. These are used as a backdrop for the introduction of individual poses. At the back of the book, the author included a simple map of Bali, a lexicon introducing the numbers 1 to 20 in Indonesian as well as some simple Indonesian phrases, “halo” (hello), “selamat pagi” (good morning), “nama saya” (my name is…). All in all, Hello Bali is a lovely, albeit, simple introduction to Bali.

    My Bottom Line: Hello Bali is a unique and educational picture book combining an introduction for children (and their caregivers) to yoga poses with a peek into the landscapes, language, and culture of Bali. The illustrations are delightful, the text is simple, and the yoga poses are well-depicted. The add-ons in the back of the book make this a must-have for any children’s library. I highly recommend Hello Bali as well as the other Kids Yoga Stories by Giselle Shardlow to children ages 2.5 and older.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crafty Moms Share

    Going through this book introduces you to a bit of the Bali culture. The book starts with saying hello to the sun in Bali. Then it goes through some of the sights in Bali from the beach (sailboat, dolphin, sunbathers) to the mountains.

    The book talks about the mountains and the market as well as the waterfalls. The beautiful illustrations help the reader to picture what Bali is like and also models the yoga poses for the child. It goes on with poses for the priests in the temples and the farmers in the fields. As well as the monkeys in the trees.

    Going through this book gives the reader a wonderful picture of Bali and the yoga motions help the images stick as well as being perfect for the child who has trouble sitting still during a book.

    As with all of Giselle’s books, it is available in English or Spanish! The book ends with a list a picture of all the yoga positions as well as a bit of Indonesian language and a map of Bali. We have once again enjoyed this yoga book and loved learning more about Bali. The book and movements gave each of us an image of what it would be like to be on vacation in Bali and what we would see. We highly recommend the book!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon Review – Let’s Visit Bali

    Written for young readers Hello, Bali is a wonderful adventure story with a teaching element hidden into the stories. Young readers will enjoy reading about Anamika and all the different things she does on Bali. As they follow her they also learn the various yoga poses that coincide with her adventure. After enjoying the story, your young reader will find a glossary of the mentioned yoga pose. As an added bonus there is a basic Indonesian dictionary of numbers and a few phrases.

    Hello, Bali is a fantastic teaching tool for your young reader. With the beautifully done illustrations readers will enjoy reading “Hello, Bali” again and again. The young readers in my family enjoyed it so much we had to read it three different times in one night. My nephew reminded me his birthday is next month. They all know I usually buy books as gifts to encourage a love of reading. Pick up a copy for yourself and watch your young readers become absorbed in it.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    Amazon Review – Such a cute, wonderful Yoga book for kids!

    This book follows a girl and her family as they visit Bali. There are numerous Yoga poses such as: Extended Mountain Pose, Standing Forward Bend, Warrior 2 Pose, Downward Facing Dog Pose, Hero Pose, etc., and each pose was linked with something in Bali that the girl and her family see and experience, i.e. waterfalls, surfers, villagers, mountains etc. The illustrations were colourful and the book was really beautifully done. A definite keeper for those that want to help their children be more active mentally and physically as it teaches them Yoga and geography at the same time!

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bambini Travel

    Amazon Review – Delightful combination of Reading and Movement in an Island Adventure

    Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book combines yoga and an adventure in a delightful children’s book. The story follows Anamika and her family as they vacation in Bali. The brief text describes their adventures exploring the island and invites the reader to join in. Each island activity has a matching yoga pose with a drawing of Anamika modeling it for the reader. Young readers will have fun pretending to surf, ride scooters, and act like a dolphin, while they expand their vocabulary and improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. The simple text makes the book accessible for a variety of ages and invites readers to have conversations about what they see in the illustrations. The watery illustrations full of cheerful colors and reflect the relaxed vibe of an island vacation throughout the story. Overall, we found Hello, Bali to be an inviting and active adventure we are sure your active little reader will enjoy.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natasha Severson

    Amazon Review – This book is awesome!

    my girls absolutely LOVED this book! everything about it was great! Awesome pictures, even better at explaining everything.. want to check out my review better read it here.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon Review – A fun and educational kids yoga adventure!

    I really love the format of these kids yoga books, and Hello, Bali is no exception. The illustrations are gorgeous, whimsical, and fun! The text is clean and simple while at the same being packed with information. This book would be a great introduction into a study of Bali as it touches briefly on many different aspects of life and culture in Bali. The yoga also flows seamlessly with the text. It feels like it absolutely should be a part of learning about Bali and not at all like a tacked-on extension activity. The Indonesian phrases included at the end are also a lot of fun and a good way to extend the learning from this book.

    Having lived in Bali for four years, my family really enjoyed this book. We were able to follow the author’s journey and were able to recognize the places she had visited. The book does present a very white-washed picture of life in Bali, but I think that’s okay for a children’s book, and my children certainly enjoyed the literary journey back to a place they called home for a time.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon Review – Lots of fun!

    Read this with my son and quite enjoyed it. He’s too young to sustain the poses, or at least pay attention long enough to sustain one. It was a great workout for me and makes me want to get into yoga. =)

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erika Messer

    Amazon Review – Exotic and Whimsical Fun for Kids

    This is the second opportunity I have had to review one of Giselle’s books and I must say I am just as impressed with Hello, Bali as I was with the first one! The illustrations are always colorful and very cute to appeal to children. There are not a lot of words, so it is very easy for younger children to read and understand. And I love the way that exercise is brought together with fun because it is something that kids need to learn 🙂 The exotic locale of this book is amazing and of course Giselle adds the numbers 1-20 in Indonesian as well as some illustrations of interactions in the native language.

    These exercises are so easy and fun for children to learn and do – my daughter LOVES to try each exercise and she loves to try to tell the story just by looking at the pictures 🙂 Another 5 star book from Giselle!

    ***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review***

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nikki Bennett

    Amazon Review – Yoga on the Beach!

    Well, I love Bali, and I try to love yoga! I enjoyed this book–how the author intertwined a story with the simple yoga poses. The illustrations were great, the writing simple and easy for kids to understand. I liked how the author infused the Balinese culture into the book. Makes me want to go back to Bali! And maybe do some yoga too 😀

    If you have a kid who’s interested in yoga, or if you want to get your kids interesting, get them this book. Easy to follow, easy to read, this book will get your kids up and moving!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon Review – Fun & engaging for kids & adults

    My preschooler and I love this book! We were already big fans of Shardlow’s work and were thrilled with this latest kids yoga adventure. Kids will love imitating monkeys, statues, and waterfalls with the yoga movements. I love that my son is learning about this beautiful country, and the main character and her family visit both the city and the countryside.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    Amazon Review – Fun for Children and Adults!

    This was such a good book. I loved reading it as an adult.

    It is 51 pages and it is all about yoga. It illustrates a family that goes to Bali and through their adventures the little girl of the family learns yoga poses.

    The book does a very good job in showing a scene that would be similar to the yoga pose such a showing someone on a scooter and then showing a similar pose (chair pose) and showing people surfing and then showing the pose (warrior 2 pose). There a plenty of poses to get your child started in yoga. I have done yoga for years and I think this is just a great way to learn. Plus it is a healthy way to exercise and to get rid of stress. Kids have stress too! And you can do this with your child. I think it would be special time to spend with your child everyday.

    At the end of the book are a lot of great things. First there is a summary of all the positions with the names and the illustrations of all of the poses. So they are all in one place to look at.

    Also at the end of the book you learn how to count to 20 in Indonesian which is the language of Bali. The page is very colorful and you want to learn the numbers because of that.

    Then there is a section of simple phrases such as hello, how are you?, and my name is in English and Indonesian. It shows two girls talking together. There are a lot of phrases and this is good for children to learn while they are young. New languages are better to teach to young children. You never know they may want to learn to speak Indonesian!

    Then there is a great parent/teacher guide and a lot of links.

    I cannot go on without mentioning the illustration. It is fabulous. It is very large and colorful and it keeps you interested. It kept me interested! So I would imagine it would keep a younger child interested.

    I think this is good for children 8 and up. Just double check that. I do not know what the book recommends. I am going by my nephew who is 7 and I think he is just about ready for this type of book.

    Overall this was a great children’s book and I would recommend it to any mother’s that I know for them and their children.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon Review – Makes reading an active adventure

    As a yoga fanatic, I am beyond thrilled with this book. I believe that it is never too early to introduce kids to the benefits of yoga, and different cultures and places.

    This was a charming book with a good balance of rhythm, storytelling, and great illustrations. Each page showed a fun way to connect different beginner yoga moves with the story. This book takes reading to a higher level – making it an active adventure. Perfect for the toddler years.

    What really drove my rating up was the information included in the back of the book. It was nice to have a page that detailed all the poses from the book as well as the local language. It’s little things like that that make this book special and worth adding to your library.

    5 stars!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny H.

    Amazon Review – Another Great Book from Kids Yoga Stories

    Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book is the latest book published from Kids Yoga Stories. (We were lucky enough to receive an electronic copy of the book, which I printed and bound for my girls to read.) The story creatively guides a child into 15 different yoga poses that were inspired by the author’s trip to Bali. The book includes colorful illustrations, a list of the yoga poses in the back of the book, a guide to counting in Indonesian, a guide to basic conversational speech in Indonesian, and a parent-teacher guide.

    Each page in the main part of the book has a short sentence about the scene and a yoga pose inspired by the scene. The scenes are playful, with bright, vibrant colors that attract a young child’s eye. The actions in the illustration are mirrored by the yoga poses, displayed by an illustration of a young girl. As an example, the child surfing is shown looking just like the warrior 2 yoga pose.

    The poses in this book are significantly more challenging compared to the previous Kids Yoga Stories book I reviewed: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story. However, this book certainly appealed more to my oldest daughter, who is seven, whereas the Good Night, Animal World book appealed more to my toddler. My seven year old enjoyed the challenge of completing each of the poses in Hello Bali, and she often would jump back and forth between pages trying the poses in series.
    What I enjoyed most about this book was the additional information included at the end about Bali. My daughter had never heard of Bali and was excited to learn some of the basic language. Even though this book is recommended for ages 2-5, my seven year old was extremely engaged and excited to show her younger sister how to do each of the poses.

    Both of my girls have enjoyed reading, posing, and rereading this book. It has been great watching my youngest gain balance and strength doing these exercises as we get ready for bed. Seeing her stand on one foot, considering she just turned 2 in May, really shows the benefits of consistent practice. Make sure to check out the whole series of books from Kids Yoga Stories.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon Review – Another awesome Yoga story for kids

    We are big fans of the first book Good Night Animal World, and this time we journey to Bali, where we ride the waves with the surfers, line up with the sail boats along the horizon, slip into the cool ocean to join the swimmers, and dance with the ladies dressed in traditional Balinese clothes. We zip past the shop keeps on scooters, visit mountains waterfalls and peaceful temples. We swim with dolphins, plant rice in a muddy field, groom monkeys at the zoo and bike home for a sun bake in the afternoon sun.

    Another awesome kid friendly yoga story. Every illustration is vibrant and eye catching and the Yoga poses that accompany each step on our adventure are simple and very easy for children to copy. There is a great summary of the yoga poses at the end, as well as a Map of Bali and a fun list of numbers and sayings written in both English and Indonesian. This is a great tool to help children to increase their vocabulary, as well as have a little taste of another culture.

    We loved this second installment, and I would highly recommend this as a great tool to help motivate children aged 3-6 to get active and involved in exercise.

    NB We obtained a copy of this book from the author for a blog tour in exchange for an honest review

  20. Rated 3 out of 5

    Seth Thompson

    Amazon Review – Great Book-Give It A Go

    The plot was unique lending to easy recollection. Young readers will likely have a sufficient interest in the central character that they will be interested in future editions to the books potential series. A successful collaborative effort between author author and artist was achieved. Little computer generated visual adornments to the book also contribute to its value.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    CL Murphy

    Amazon Review – A fun way to learn about different cultures!

    Anamika travels to Bali, with her family, and she introduces the reader to the island. Lessons to 15 yoga poses are demonstrated in an easy to follow manner comparing them to the beautiful island’s splendor. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Another wonderful book in the Kids Yoga Stories Book series that encourages movement in a fun way. A parent-teacher guide is included for further enrichment as is a lesson in basic Indonesian.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susanne Powell

    Amazon Review – Colourful, exciting and energetic

    This is one of the most delightful books I have come across – Emily Gedzyk has done a wonderful job with the illustrations, which are colourful and appealing to children. As an EAL teacher I was thrilled by the fact that the book embraces multi-cultural issues. At the outset I wasn’t convinced about the yoga element, but as we read the book the value of this became apparent. With clear illustrations and instructions, the yoga poses are introduced through a delightful story – reading and exercise all in one! The repetition is great for young readers and those new to English. I particularly liked the bi-lingual greetings at the end of the book. I will definitely be using this in the classroom.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Rediske

    Amazon Review – Adorable

    The age audience in my house is 4 and 6. My four year old adored this book. She had so much fun doing the poses and felt like she did something great. The story was cute to appeal to this age group. I would recommend it for ages 3-6 and higher for kids with pervasive development. Adorable book!

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  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda B.

    I think the Hello, Bali book is a delightful way to connect geography, movement, and positive parent interactions. My daughter instantly began doing the poses as we read the book for the first time together and asked to find Bali on her globe. Then she sat with her little brother and worked on teaching him Indonesian. It is definitely our favorite Kids Yoga Stories book yet!
    Amanda, The Educators’ Spin On It

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