Jenny’s Winter Walk (English)

Rated 4.70 out of 5 based on 64 customer ratings
(64 customer reviews)


Act out what you see and hear on a winter walk

Join Jenny as she meets various animals on a winter walk with her mom. Be a squirrel, a fox, and a bunny. Discover winter, explore movement, and learn the five senses. Age group: Preschoolers ages 2-5.

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64 reviews for Jenny’s Winter Walk (English)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a cute story about a mother and daughter adventure on a winter walk. I read it with my three year old who has loved all of Ms. Shardlow’s books. She loved finding the poses on each page and doing them herself. I think the story line gives a great idea of something any daughter can do with their mother. The pictures were colorful and inviting. We enjoyed this book!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ali Downes

    This is a lovely story about a little girl called Jenny, who goes for a winter walk in the woods with her mother. Along the way she sees lots of different animals. The yoga in this book focuses mostly on the animals Jenny comes across in the woods, with one suggested yoga pose per page. This sets a nice gentle pace to both the story and the yoga, making it ideal for times when you want to calm things down a bit – like before bed. Both my girls (3 & 5) enjoyed the book as part of ‘bedtime yoga’.

    As a children’s yoga teacher I am always looking for story books I can adapt to use in my classes, so the Kids Yoga Stories are always an easy win for me! I think if I were going to use this book with a class I would want to up the activity levels a bit, which with this story is easy to do with a little imagination. For example, by adding in some extra poses and including some actions like walking in different ways (cross crawl, tiptoe, skipping and marching) or adding in some standing twists while we have a look around the woods together.

    The story also encourages the imagination in all of the senses, and would make a great introduction to other winter themed activities, or even as a set up before going on a real ‘mindful walk’ in the woods.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Miss Pippi

    Author and yogi Giselle Shardlow has written a winter book about family, nature, and yoga. Jenny and her mother take a winter walk in the woods. As they walk through the woods, they see forest creatures, smell pine trees, and feel the coolness of winter in the air. During the walk, there are moments where they can take a moment and do a yoga pose. The yoga pose is in a circle on the right side of the two-page layout. (The poses are also listed in order in the pack of the book.) It’s a fun winter and nature themed story that invites the reader to move along with Jenny and her mom. The illustrations are by Vicky Bowes. I loved the muted colors. It felt like a great book to read for a transition book between the end of fall and the beginning of winter. For teachers and parents, there is additional guidance and tips in the back of the book. This book is well suited to read before or after a walk outdoors with children.

    Reviewed from a review copy. Thank you, Giselle Shardlow!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Another great addition to my collection of yoga stories by Giselle Shardlow. I love the simplicity of the book and the flow of poses. This will work with my preschoolers as well as elementary aged students. The illustrations are beautiful and keeps the kids engaged. I also like how this book has jumping jacks and balance beam as well, as I can incorporate these activities into my PT sessions with the students.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy smith

    I used this book with my 3year old grandson and he was captivated the whole way through. I found it beautifully educating as we live in Australia. I then replaced some of the words with “Aussie” words and it was like having 2 books in one. Loved the illustrations too. Great book!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sudarshan Bindal

    Another great book from Giselle!I like the sequencing starting with a warm-up.I especially liked the bringing to attention various senses of sight,smell,sound,etc. which encourages us alongwith the children to awaken to these gifts,becoming more mindful,more available to the here & now!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    A very sweet children’s book about yoga. The story highlights being aware of all that is around us in nature and the practice of ahimsa, in a joyful yet calming way. Including diagrams of yoga poses throughout the story encourages reading with interspersed movement, a combination of two healthy activities for our children. The parent-teacher guide at back of book is a great tool!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria Rietdyk

    Jenny’s Winter Walk is a perfect way to encourage children to enjoy the great outdoors, embrace winter and yoga while looking after their bodies and their minds.
    I love having the opportunity to extend the story and add more postures, allowing children to use their imaginations even further.
    The book is nice and simple to follow.
    The beautiful illustrations by Vicky sit beautifully with the calming narrative by Giselle creating a wonderful, gentle, calming energy from the book.
    Thank you Giselle – another delightful book from Kids Yoga Stories 🙂

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandra Gale

    I enjoyed the story and the “wintery” pictures. I really like how the yoga poses match up to the story line/animals throughout the book. As an Occupational Therapist, I like that the yoga poses are of varying degrees of difficulty. I’m excited to use this book with my preschoolers this winter!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne Cardamone

    I am such a fan of Giselle Shardlow and her yoga books. This one is also so wonderfully written. I love that it’s about a mother and daughter exploring on their walk in the woods. My daughter and I are able to do all the yoga moves at each step which is a fun interactive way to read a book and also reinforce what she learns in her yoga classes at kindergarten.

    it is fantastic that there are resource notes on the yoga and the story line is simple yet so engaging at each stage. It really helps my daughter and I remember and associate each pose to the scene. You get excited looking at the pictures for each new discovery they make but also relax and be grounded with each yoga pose.

    Highly recommend this book

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    Meant to give this 5 stars.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is another great yoga book! It is a great way to introduce kids to yoga (and winter happenings) in a fun and engaging way. This book includes a wide range of poses and features opportunities for breathing exercises. The pictures are beautiful and the story is simple but full of information. Kids will love this story!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lauren G

    My kids love this book! The story is engaging, they love the poses, they are easy for them and super fun! My kids are 2, 5, and 8 and they all love it! It’s become one of our favorite books to read!

  14. Rated 3 out of 5


    A peaceful story. I can imagine mothers and daughters enjoying this as a special book.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Smith

    I used the Digital Version with 25 Italian pre-schoolers who attend our International Nursery.
    The beautiful and lively illustrations made the story Fun and interesting to follow, even For children of a different language.
    The poses and link words were clearly evident on each page so the children raced to get into the next position.
    This created a Fun way to learn both yoga and English and I look forward to trying some other ones.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jennifer M

    I found the book to be engaging for the targeted age group. I do think older children (6-10 years) may find it engaging also. I would recommend this book for use in a Kids Yoga session.

    Yoga Instructor

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Laura Gate-Eastley

    What a lovely book! In fact it is much more than just a book, it is an interactive yoga adventure which has been really well designed. Apart from the beautiful illustrations and creative story which evokes all the senses, it is a very good tool for teaching yoga to your child. The appropriate yoga posture for each part of the journey is highlighted with a list of all poses at the back. There are also suggestions of how to introduce meditation and breathing exercises to children, and these are skills for life. Highly recommend this.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    Jenny’s Winter Walk is a lovely kids book with great illustrations. The story line is engaging and encourages a love of nature. The yoga poses are simple ones to teach my daughter, and the pictorial demonstration of poses is really useful where I know th pose by a different name.
    We look forward to being able to get these books in South Africa as gifts for friends who also attend the school yoga class.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    It is a beautiful book! Beautiful story very well combined with yoga poses and the illustrations are gorgeous! plus the yoga poses guide at the end is very helpful!
    Love Giselle’s yoga children’s books!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ana Sagastume

    It is a beautiful book! Beautiful story very well combined with yoga poses and the illustrations are gorgeous! plus the yoga poses guide at the end is very helpful!
    Love Giselle’s yoga children’s books!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy Higgins

    I teach preschool children aged 3-5 with special needs. Yoga is a great way to engage the children while developing strength, coordination and flexibility, as well as improving body awareness and concentration. Combining yoga with literature promotes listening and language skills. Giselle’s book teaches yoga poses in a gentle little story about Jenny and her Mom spending the afternoon together in a winter wonderland. The illustrations are colorfully beautiful and the poses are woven into the story to enhance the story and actively involve the children. I’m looking forward to using this book with my class this winter!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a beautifully written story about a young girl taking a winter walk with her mother. It links keywords that are highlighted within the story to yoga poses that are demonstrated in a circle on the corresponding page. This is a wonderful way to encourage young readers to engage physically, while fostering their imaginations as they listen to the descriptive winter tale. It brought back wonderful memories of my own!!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wise Girl Yogi

    Another amazing book!!! It’s warm, cozy and gentle. You don’t have to be a yoga teacher to teach the movement to your children. It’s easy to follow along, it’s creative and very visual. thank you for writing another fun book for me to bring to my classes. The kids love them and I love reading them. It makes for a lively class!!!!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa P

    This is a wonderful book with lovely ‘soft and gentle’ illustrations that evoke the stillness of a winter walk. From the beginning, your senses are awakened, as you are encouraged to think about the sights, smells and noises you might encounter on a winter walk. Once again, the yoga poses are clearly illustrated in the book and easy to follow, so that both the reader and the yogi are fully engaged in the story. I very much look forward to using this book in my classes, to see how the children are inspired to think of other animals, noises and smells on their next walk in the woods. Thank you!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    With lovely illustrations and a simply story, kids are encouraged to join in various yoga poses and discover more about themselves and the world around them.

    Jenny and her mother head out on a winter walk through the forest. Not only do they encounter all sorts of fun creatures but run across breath-taking, wintry scenes which inspire several yoga poses.

    This book starts out with a set of instructions, explaining how to use illustrations and story to its fullest potential. Then it dives right in. Jenny and her mother are introduced as a loving, caring mother and daughter. The obvious warmth and love already puts a smile on the face. They journey through a beautiful forest landscape, which is depicted in loving illustrations. There are cute animals around every corner, and the calmness of the landscape radiates from every page. Not only the sights, but the other five senses are addressed, allowing the world to unfold.

    On each spread, there’s an illustration (usually in the lower corner) which depicts the name of a fitting yoga pose as well as a simple illustration of how it is to be done. These are fitting to the age group and not difficult to imitate, making it perfect for the younger age group. Kids are encouraged to join in and are sure to jump at the opportunity to strike the pose themselves.

    At the end of the book, there’s a quick list of each pose with an accompanying illustration so that one doesn’t have to flip back through the pages. There is also a section for parents/teachers with explanations and tips to help them use this book to its full potential.

    Summed up, this is a lovely way to encourage young listeners/readers to explore yoga through the world around them. It shows a connection through calmness and warmth, and is sure to be read over and over again.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is well written. It engaged all four of my children and was easy for us beginning yoga gals to follow and enjoy. The pictures are so adorable! They draw you into the story. Jenny and her mother go on a fun nature walk, observing animals and other Winter sensory pleasures. It has inspired me to be more intentional on our nature walks, incorporating more talking and observing out loud. The Yoga poses are circled and a word is highlighted on each page to help guide you through the story. My girls were able to easily try each pose as I was reading and connect it to the story. Great book! I HIGHLY recommend it, especially those with children ages 3-10.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina Fetten

    I love Jenny’s Winter Walk for my children’s yoga class. Through the story line and simple yoga poses, Giselle has incorporated how beautiful Winter is and the wonderful animals that come out. This is a great book because it includes the poses in the corner of the page as you read the story and the illustrations are beautifully drawn to captivate the reader/viewer. The story lines are simple but engaging enough for multiple ages in a room. There is a guide in the back that lists the poses, guides you on sharing the book, using props and expanding on the story through conversations and the poses. I have a few of Giselle’s books and they allow me to empower the students on their mats to have a voice and “teach” as well. Through the design of the book, as it includes poses on each page, the students are able to independently read the story to the class and share the poses as the teacher. It creates a fun twist in the class. And then towards the end as an extension, I encourage the students to look at the beautiful illustrations and design up more poses that would relate to the story line ex; “waterfall pose” or legs up the wall/Viparita Karani

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is fun and creative. I enjoyed all of the different expressions that were used to present a yoga pose to a child. Mountain pose, the breath, bridge and many other posed were so colorful and engaging. This book is awesome.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love this new Winter Yoga book as it is geared around nature and animals. The illustrator’s use of watercolor gives you a sense that it might snow as anticipated in the story. It models good family interaction and communication. It is special as all parents should spend more time with their children – especially outdoors. As with all of her books, Giselle incorporates yoga poses with corresponding pictures. This is nice as it is Jenny doing the modeling and her hair falls as it would naturally in each illustration. It is beneficial to early readers that each picture has a word color coded in the story so students can make predictions of what is coming next. It is very peaceful when students are increasingly exposed to stressors. The book has simple minimal text which will allow me to stop and have students spend time on the poses or add to what they saw on their walk in the woods. I anticipate we’ll use this book repeatedly and with a wide variety of possible follow-up activities or expansions to add more poses. 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. This book makes a great addition to my seasonal 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.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sonja Martin

    I really enjoyed the art of the animals and winter scenes. It is a good length for younger children. I appreciated the scene of the mother and child exercising together. These stories are an amazing gift for children and parents around the world!
    Great to see that the author was Canadian.

  31. Rated 4 out of 5


    I received a digital copy of this book for review. As a yoga teacher and a mom, I love the concept of a yoga-based book for kids. I read this story with my 6-year-old. She has some knowledge of yoga poses and breathing practices, so she had a good time suggesting alternative poses to the ones offered in the book. Overall, I think the book is a great introduction to yoga for kids. The illustrations and colors are lovely and soothing. The story didn’t have much of a plot, but that may be a bonus in a group setting. Each page and pose offers an opportunity for practice and discussion, and plot points might get lost while the kids play with and practice the poses.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandra Griffiths

    I really enjoy reading Giselle Shardlow’s stories. They are gentle, have lovely illustrations and offer good opportunities for incorporating yoga poses into the story telling. Jenny’s Winter Walk, where Jenny and her mother go for a walk spotting wildlife and seasonal changes to nature, is no exception and is a great starting place for a winter- or animal-themed yoga lesson. The information supplied at the end of the book encourages the adaptation of the poses and the text for the group of children you are working with and suggests different ways the story can be used to engage children as well as ways to incorporate breath work or relaxations that may be used in a children’s yoga class. I have yet to use this story in one of my own classes but I shared it with my five-year-old this evening and she was enchanted by it; she loved trying the poses and had lots of questions to ask about the animals and about places where it is so cold that the water freezes over (we live in the UK so some of the creatures in the story and the weather are unfamiliar). Thank you, Giselle, for the copy for review. We really enjoyed it.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Bogaert

    I teach gym to two different Kindergarten classes, and was able to try this with both! We added to the beginning of this book by talking about the different clothes that we would need as a warm up. The students loved going on the walk and imagining with me as we read the story! It took a few pages for them to fall in, but once they did, they were hooked. A general sense of calm began to come over the class as we progressed through the book. Once the story was done, we had to “take” our outdoor clothing off, and then we did the final resting pose.
    At the end, we gathered and talked about their favourite poses from the story. We made those poses again too. We decided as we left the gym to warm up with pretend hot chocolate (water fountain) to complete the experience. I would really recommend this resource and look forward to trying more!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandi Schwartz

    Jenny’s Winter Walk is wonderful children’s yoga book from author Giselle Shardlow. I love how the storyline incorporates nature and weather in an enjoyable, interactive story. I read the book to my 4 year old daughter and she loved hearing the story about Jenny and her mama’s adventures walking around outside in the cold weather. We live in Florida, so my daughter isn’t as familiar with these winter scenes, but still likes to learn about what the winter is like. The most unique part of this book is how the yoga poses correlate so well with each scene. My daughter and I stopped on every page to do the yoga pose together like the mother and daughter in the story. When they saw pine trees, we did Tree Pose. When they spotted a cardinal, we did Warrior 3 Pose to mimic a bird. And when they saw a red fox, we did Extended Cat Pose to look like a fox. A major gem of this book is the Parent-Teacher Guide provided at the end. It outlines helpful ways that parents and teachers can engage their children–beyond just simply reading the book. The author provides important safety tips and suggestions for yoga props that can be used to enhance the practice. She explains how the book can be catered to different ages. Although it is geared toward 2-5 years olds, parents and teachers can add higher-level discussion for older children to identify meaningful observations and connections. Finally, she explains in more detail how children can develop mindful breathing and relaxation techniques by practicing yoga, such as the resting pose used at the end of the story. I highly recommend this book and the other interactive yoga stories by Giselle Shardlow. What a clever approach to teaching children about yoga! There is a yoga story for every season that your children will love.

  35. Rated 4 out of 5

    Karianne B

    We love books that also get us moving and Jenny’s Winter Walk fits the bill. As we read through the story, we enjoyed doing the yoga poses together and the pictures are lovely and match the text.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this latest yoga story from Giselle. My kids love these stories and this one was no different. They couldn’t wait to read it and do the poses as we went through. This one is especially lovely being a woodland walk with lots of animals which my son LOVES! A really enjoyable any to spend some time together. The illustrations are beautiful too.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzie D.

    This is the yoga book by Giselle Shardlow that I’ve read and she does a wonderful job incorporating meaningful yoga poses in to the stories. This book was no exception. I work with preschoolers with language delays and I think some of the the text and concepts in the story would be too complicated for them, however because the pictures are so vivid and detailed, I could easily modify the language of the story to be at their level but still use the yoga poses along with the story. I think this book would be appropriate for most children ages 6-10 and could be modified to suit younger or older children as well.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love all the yoga storybooks! What an awesome way to engage children in yoga besides holding and counting. I love how Jenny’s Winter Walk engages all sensory factors. This book can take your child’s imagination anywhere:)

  39. Rated 4 out of 5


    Enjoy a walk in the woods with Jenny as she discovers all the winter wonders the woods hold. As you visit each adventure with add you can do the yoga pose to get your body moving. A great way to combine yoga and literature!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katurah Kersting

    This is a beautiful story of a mom and daughter walking through the forest. The mother’s tone is sweet and gentle just as the little girl observes with all her senses the nature around her. The illustrations are beautiful and fit perfectly. The poses also adapt very well to what is going on in the story, and follow an easy sequence, which can sometimes be a problem with children yoga stories. Recommended for any household, preschool or yoga practitioner. Thank you.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Healey

    Michelle H – 6 October 2016

    Giselle Shardlow never fails to impress me with the way she brings the happiness, care and love through her stories.
    Jenny’s Winter Walk is no different. Giselle invites you to smell, listen and experience the forest around you, while you read the story. Giselle has a subtle way of educating children while you read and answering simple question that every child would ask.
    the poses are easy to follow and well illustrated for kids to copy.
    Great Story

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nikki Kratzer

    I love Giselle’s books!! I use them for my overly active son who can use a slow it down for bed or between activities. The book is well written, the story flows well and the yoga poses make it perfect, a great interactive read. I have a wide age range of kiddos who enjoy these books, this book will be no exception!!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    What a wonderful book to share with children and encourage them to enjoy a winter walk! The story is a sweet exchange between a mother and daughter about the lovely things they encounter in nature while on a walk together in winter. Although the story can be enjoyed simply as a read aloud, I feel the yoga poses that are integrated throughout the text help to keep children engaged and also bring a deeper meaning to the story as it is being read. I can see this story being useful in a classroom, kids yoga story, or home environment.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5


    Jenny’s Winter Walk is a super sweet story of a girl and her mama going on a nature walk. I love the variety of animals they encounter and the interest and respect they have for nature. The illustrations are beautiful – soft and soothing. And the pictures of yoga poses that accompany most pages really help to bring the story to life. I think it would be useful to go through the book once to get the rhythm of it and then add in the poses. All in all, I think it’s an excellent resource for yoga teachers as well as teachers who would like to bring yoga to their students. It makes bringing yoga into a literature curriculum very accessible.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Caravia

    LOVE! Such a sweet gentle story with great tips and yoga poses. As a parent and children’s yoga teacher, this is the kind of book kids love to have read to them in classes. The illustrations are soft and magical, supporting the imagination coming to life in the story by being a part of it and doing the yoga poses (which are circled at the bottom of pages)! Highly recommend this book, thank you for cultivating our imaginations in such a special tender way!

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    D Babs

    Jenny’s Winter Walk is the first yoga book for kids by this author that I’ve read. The illustrations are warm and inviting. The story brings each of the five senses to play as a girl and her mom take a winter walk. The poses shown are arranged in a good sequence and accessible. Since Jenny is dressed for winter, it is good to have a sense of the pose before reading, as it is not as clear where the body should be positioned. The parent/teacher guide at the back was the best part. It was very informative and the pictures of the poses in the back make it easy to do the sequences after the story, maybe while retelling it.

  47. Rated 4 out of 5


    I read the digital version of the books. As stated in the intro, it is best to browse the book first as at the end there is a useful breakdown of the sight words and poses. The illustrations are beautiful, but the text, while sweet and gentle, might be a tad wordy for the younger kids. The poses are relatively simple, but I suggest you try them first. Kids are fearless, I have no doubt of many giggles of delight from a class while trying each pose. I can imagine using this book as an extension of a teaching topic, it would tie in beautifully. I look forward to trying it in a class one day.

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jana Wynnik

    Enjoyed the story! My 5 year old daughter loves it as well. I am a pediatric occupational therapy assistant and primarily work with children on the autism spectrum. With few modifications and was able to use it in a preschool autism classroom.

  49. Rated 4 out of 5


    I received a free download for review and enjoyed this beautiful book. I like the way the interaction is built into the story. I think the story was satisfactory but the illustrations were beautiful.Great way to get children into yoga.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5


    Sweet story with excellent illustrations! The guide to the yoga poses incorporated into the story will help even non yoga teachers make the book very interactive. This is a wonderful book for preschooler and kindergarten students. Giselle Shardlow and Vicky Bowes are a great combination.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5


    As a Kids Yoga Instructor and a Speech Language Pathologist who works with young children, I loved this book! The colors were soft which gave the story a warm feeling. The book included poses, breathing and mediation. The aspects of meditation were included by encouraging children to use their senses in nature. The pose sequence appeared to flow nicely (I haven’t tried it out with the students but the pose visuals looked good – standing, balance, twists, seated, resting poses) and creativity was encouraged if the kids wanted to switch the poses up a bit. She also included a moment to work on breathing. At the end, she mentioned some awesome tips for parents and teachers. I will definitely use this book during my kids yoga classes.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5


    What a delightful book to read to my son. He thoroughly enjoyed me reading this book to him and attempting the poses. The animation is beautiful and we had fun with the story and attempting the simple poses. what a wonderful idea to create a series of books like this. Myself and my son look forward to reading the rest

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ann K.

    The story is very sweet and the poses go very well with the objects in the book. I also love the tips at the beginning and ending of the story to prepare the adults and children to use the book in the best way. As a yoga teacher, I will use this book at home with my own kids and as I teach a class!

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Steain

    I was lucky enough to be able to review this gorgeous illustrated children’s book. You feel as though you are in the story. The little girl is full of questions and you can almost feel the calmness of the mother when she speaks with her.
    I love the yoga poses which accompany the pages.

    As a children’s yoga teacher I will be buying this to read to my little preschoolers who just love a story with pictures.

  55. Rated 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Vitell (verified owner)

    As a yoga teacher, I have several of Giselle Shardlow’s lovely yoga stories for kids that I use regularly in my classes and Jenny’s Winter Walk delivers all the elements I appreciate about her work. The illustrations are beautiful and the text provides a gentle, positive and respectful narrative that incorporates a reverence for nature, an awareness of the environment and the importance of self-care – all of which are key to the practice of yoga. I sometimes use substitute or additional poses instead of sticking to the suggested ones in the books, because I encourage students to use their imaginations during class and I think it is important to offer options and modifications in any yoga class. That being said, I enjoy the poses offered in this book, which provide a nice, balanced practice. I would definitely recommend this book for classroom and home use.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5


    Jenny’s Winter Walk is an amazing nature walk. The story observes the woodland life as mom and daughter traipse through the woods. The accompanying yoga sequence has a smooth flow. From previous books from Giselle Shardlow, my students LOVE to challenge themselves with the yoga moves…and easily remember the animals connected to the yoga move. As a teacher/counselor, I can see so many extensions: calm and quiet steps in the woods to see animals, calm quiet breathing, identifying with animals…It is so easy to jump into a science animal habitat winter theme, too. The illustrations are beautiful, and compliment the story. This book would be a GREAT purchase for any library: school and home. Really lovely!!!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annelise Dent

    I downloaded a digital copy of the book for review. I thoroughly enjoyed the theme of the story being told, and the mother’s tone throughout the conversations she has with her daughter on their walk. The story beautifully incorporates respect for nature, enjoying the sounds, smells, views and tactile sensations of appreciating the outdoors. I like the comparisons the child makes between what they saw in the forest during other seasons compared with their winter experiences. The yoga poses used were nicely incorporated with the movement of the animals and flora found during this season. The illustrations are lovely, as is the story. I know the Parent Teacher Guide at the end of the book, along with the poses being re-illustrated (could be used as a poster) will be very helpful in using this book within a pre-school setting, as well as with older children. I also noted the safety concerns being addressed, which re-iterates the importance of children only doing what they are capable of. I would definitely recommend this book for incorporating movement in storytelling.

  58. Rated 4 out of 5

    Erikka Dawson

    I read the digital copy of this story, and I fully intend on purchasing this book to do with my son at home and my kid’s yoga class. I like how it gives the illustration on each pose in the circles on the page so you don’t have to flip to the back of the book to see which one was intended for the practice. The pictures are beautiful, and I thought it was a great way to encourage kids not only to be active but to get outside and explore the world around them. The book offers useful tips for how to keep a safe practice and how to have a little fun with your kids at the same time. I only wish it came in hard cover, because paperbacks never last long around my house.

  59. Rated 4 out of 5

    Leslie Pilder, Nonotuck Community School

    Lovely drawings of mother and (blonde) daughter walking through the woods. As they share the sights of the animals and trees, the author inserts a yoga pose that relates to what is happening in the story. Some of these are rather subtle and will definitely need an adult to point out what the yoga pose is referring to. That being said, the book is a nice interactive experience, assuming the child (and the reader?!) stop reading to do the poses. The book can certainly be read without that activity, but the writing is rather stilted and there is no plot, though a nice restful tone is communicated by it’s quiet pace. The pictures are beautiful watercolors and not cartoonish (though not hyper-realistic). I would certainly consider this book and others by the author when introducing yoga to children 3 – 7.

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gail Pickens-Barger

    As a yoga teacher for kiddos, I am always looking for great stories and illustrated books to share with the kiddos at my Mother’s Day Out program at my church. Jenny’s Winter Walk is great to go along with the winter theme that the pre-k teacher uses each fall/winter.

    I like how the poses that are to be done in the book are highlighted, and at the end of the book an explanation of the poses with out the story are also presented. What the pre-k teacher likes to do, after I come in and do a yoga story/activity with the children, is that she likes to review the poses for the next couple of days, until I meet with the kiddos again for their next story.

    Since there are additional animals depicted in the actual story book, I can additionally had more yoga poses to match up with the animals. Great story and illustration once again!

    Gail Pickens-Barger, YogaKiddos

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Woods

    This book is fantastic! The illustrations are wonderful! They create an environment that truly looks like winter. The poses are easy to flow through. The picture in the circle is an easy reference and reminder as to what the pose looks like. The section at the back that fully explains the postures make this book even more of a resource! Highly recommend!

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gail F.

    I am a speech-language pathologist in an urban school system. I purchased, “Jenny’s Winter Walk,” and provided a collaborative lesson in an integrated preschool classroom with a physical therapist, as well as the PK teacher, the instructional assistant, and several physical therapy graduate students.

    I led the activity, and focused on story comprehension and language expansion, while the PT led the yoga/gross motor aspect. Everyone greatly enjoyed it (both adults and children!). The PT graduate students gained a new perspective of physical therapy in the school setting!

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie D.

    Amazon review

    Winter yoga is fun!

    A lovely book to use while teaching children’s yoga. Works well for preschoolers and early primary students. Very nice pictures and explanations of poses as well…

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Monica F.

    Amazon review

    A great story that incorporates yoga.

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