Rachel’s Day in the Garden (English)

Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 52 customer ratings
(52 customer reviews)


Act out a day in the garden with Rachel

Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! Age group: Preschoolers ages 3-6.


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52 reviews for Rachel’s Day in the Garden (English)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura M.

    The kids love Rachel’s Day in the Garden. I love how they know the name if each pose! Great books!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia H.

    Blog review

    I’ve been looking for ways for Jack to practice yoga at home and for him to show me some of the poses that he’s learned in school. Rachel’s Day in the Garden gave me a chance to introduce yoga at home and for us to learn some yoga poses together.

    At the start of the book there is a guide for parents on how to use kids yoga stories and how to get the most out of the book. The guide suggests that you familiarize yourself with the poses used in the books prior to reading the book. The book also comes with a parents guide at the end of the book for further information on incorporating the poses introduced in the book. These guides and suggestions are very helpful especially for parents like me who’s yoga experience is limited to that one class I took in college.

    One thing that I really liked about the book, was that the story could be read without doing the poses. The story does not need the poses in order for kids to comprehend it, the poses enhance the story.

    Each page features a pose that is associated with a keyword on the page. The word bird is paired with warrior 3 because this pose resembles a bird. The book incorporates each pose into the story so that the children can act out the poses while Mom or Dad read the story.

    The pose guide at the end of the book, contains a list of keywords along with the poses so that you and your child can work through the poses together.

    The parents guide at the back of the book contains lots of tips and ideas for introducing yoga and making it a fun, interactive experience for parents and kids.

    Jackson and I had fun reading Rachel’s Day in the Garden and he enjoyed showing off the poses that he was familiar with along with learning some new ones from the book. He really got a kick out of watching me attempt warrior 3, and I quickly learned that he is much better at yoga than I am. We plan to keep practicing together and trying out more of the Kids Yoga Stories. Stories like Rachel’s Day in the Garden are a great way to introduce kids to yoga and hopefully start the first steps towards a lifetime of practice.

    Wine In Mom Blog

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeanine L.

    Blog review

    My son is recently learning how to do yoga as part of his behavioural aid therapy as well as in his preschool. To say this lovely book was helpful is an understatement. My son has autism combined with Sensory Processing Disorder and with that can come problems with emotional regulation. Being able to copy the poses and read all about the character Rachel in the garden was a wonderful learning tool.

    His body and central nervous can go into fight or flight in the sympathetic part of his brain. As soon as he gets into a mindset to do the yoga poses then his para sympathetic part of his brain can take over and rest. The lovely illustrations allow his imagination to take over and be in the garden scenery with Rachel. As well as being comfortable in the yoga postures my son is learning to self regulate and bring all his senses into integration. It allows him to be active, engaged, and doing positive things for his mind, body, and spirit.

    What I loved the most about this book was that all the poses were incorporated into the story with using the name and also the demonstration. This book is a valuable tool for children and parents to teach them the value of having a calm body and mind. There is also information on how to use the book as well as the yoga postures broken down individually. This was a joy for me to read and participate in the relaxation and wonderment of enjoying this special time with my son.

    Jsack’s Mom Blog

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danielle R.

    Blog review

    The kids and I have found yoga to be a great way to have fun together. I was so excited when I was told about this book, Rachel’s Day in the Garden, by Giselle Shardlow. Rachel’s Garden goes over yoga fundamental moments while telling a story about Rachel. It’s so great to walk yoga basics with my kids. And they love the pictures!

    As summer throws unexpected heat or rainy weather our way here in Wisconsin, I plan to do more yoga with the kids to keep them active and reduce cabin fever. I’ve also found that yoga is a great way to help my kids relax, unwind and calm down. It helps them sleep better and is a great way for us to interact. I found out some other benefits such as how great yoga is for my kids’ flexibility, and resources about yoga and kids from kidsyogastories.com. If you are interested in buying this book for yourself, you can find it here.

    Legacy Creative Co.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Abigail Kuhn

    Blog review

    I love how easy it is to learn the yoga poses and then help the kiddos understand them as well. Along with using nature names for each pose which helps them learn about nature as well. Plus the graphics are just adorable. The poses are not difficult and are easy to understand and follow along. This is a great way to connect with your child while teaching them to do yoga.

    Count It All Joy

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Hippy Mommy

    Blog review

    Here at the Hippy Mommy we LOVE Yoga! And even more, we love yoga for Kids. Today I have the perfect book for My Hippy Mom Tribe; It’s called, “Rachel’s Day in the Garden“, by Giselle Shardlow. This is such a great book and it helps get your kids moving. My daughter who is 18 months was doing all of these yoga poses. What I love about this book is that we can practice these moves together.

    I really think you will have a fun time with your kids guiding them through these poses. They are simple and fun. I love being able to show my daughter that being active is important, especially since they watch everything you do. So grab this book and do it daily. You will be surprised how excited your child will get being able to do yoga with you. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is the perfect book for your 2-5 year old.

    Check out this book, you will not be disappointed!

    The Hippy Mommy

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristin Niemi

    Blog review

    This book is the perfect example of a book mirroring our yoga story. Plus, the little pup in the book reminds us of Geronimo! The book follows Rachel and her dog Sammy as they head outside and find yoga poses inspired by nature along the way. Sometimes we read along to the story and do each pose, but when Levi is a tired bear, we’ll read the story and he points at Rachel in each pose. I know he doesn’t fully understand it all yet, but I can see his excitement when he points out Rachel, and I can tell he recognizes the pose. It’s a beautiful bedtime story, and the illustrations are colorful and too cute. #yogababy gives it his two little thumbs up.

    Studio art + yoga

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Julie S.

    Amazon review

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden is an adorable children’s book that is a frolick in nature as well as a beginner’s Yoga instructional book. The pages are beautifully illustrated and the poses are matched with something going on outside – whether it is rain, butterflies, etc. I like that the book makes the Yoga poses simple to follow and ties them to a fun exploration of the lovely outdoors. This is a lovely way to introduce Yoga and playing in the garden to children.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mandy W.

    Amazon review

    This book was a winner for me and my girls (4 and 6.) I have been looking for fun ways to interact with my blossoming reader and to be active at the same time. This was the ticket. I am proud to say – that though i lack much flexibility i nailed these moves 🙂 I am excited to check out other books like this one!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janine Huldie

    Blog review

    Since it is spring and a time of rebirth and new things to come, why not try something new that could be fun and lend for a bit of active exercise, such as Outdoor Yoga.

    The perfect way to get started with this is by reading Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book, by Giselle Shardlow, who is is the author of Kids Yoga Stories.

    What I loved about it is as you read each page, you are introduced to a new yoga pose, such as the Tree Pose while using items in nature and getting to act it out outdoors. Not only is this so much fun, but it also encourages all of our imaginations in the process. In the book, kids get to join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden, all while getting to crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Honestly just a wonderful way to discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow, too!

    Confessions of a Mommyaholic

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teresa K.

    Amazon review

    Fun way to get kids active!

    I absolutely love this little book! It can help with color recognition, along with giving children (and parents) the opportunity to practice ten different yoga poses. Each pose is related to a keyword in the text of the story, and they are all summarized at the end of the book. There is also a guide at the end of the book for parents/teachers, to help you get the most out of the book.

    At first glance, the illustrations in the book seem like most other picture books, but if you look again, you will see that they have a collage quality to them, appearing to be made of a variety of materials.

    The story is also one that can be read without using the yoga poses, for a quiet time activity, talking about the colors and the things Rachel and her dog do/discover in the garden.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Hill

    Blog review

    This adorable little book is a great teaching tool to get young kids more into yoga. As a mom, yoga has always been something that interest me. I love it, when I get the chance. I was so excited to show Monkey, who is four, this book so that he could do the stretches along with Rachel.

    He loved it! It was so easy to follow along and would do the stretches that he could see on the page, while I read it. They were simple and easy for him to understand, even by himself as he just flipped through. The illustrations of this book, I seriously can’t speak enough about. They are beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous! I recommend this book to any mother who wants to get her child more involved in yoga. It is beautiful and I think it is marketed to the perfect ages. I think it is also easy to integrate into a “mommy and me” session with you and your little one. We did it, and had a blast working through the different poses.

    The Outnumbered Nest

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    This is such a wonderful book to help your kids have fun and stay relaxed during fitness! As a personal trainer, I have enjoyed using this book with my own children. I also taught yoga at my son’s school and brought this with to do with the whole class. We had a blast!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carolyn W.

    Amazon review

    Integrate Yoga Exercises for Children with this Wonderful Imaginary Day in the Garden Story

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden is an imaginary adventure story to help children engage and imitate Yoga poses. It is fictional so enjoy the ideas and help your children understand the yoga “routine” with a story they can understand. Of course this is a fun book and the cartoon images suggest the point is to relate to young learners and not teach non-fiction gardening. The poses are so great and children will have so much fun pretending along with this book.

    I volunteer in a daycare and the mom will love getting this book to use with the children as she is super busy and can rely on this story for some yoga time where it is all planned for her. I know they all love yoga and this will be an exciting new twist on the poses. It makes a great gift!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Courtney D.

    Amazon review

    This is a beautifully illustrated story designed to bring yoga to kids ages 2-5. While I only read it for myself and did not share with a child, I think this is a great way to bring mindful movement and breathing to kids. Well done!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sherri E.

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden is fantastic! Thank you again for such a wonderful book! It is just perfect for my students!

    Children’s Librarian

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Taylor

    Blog review

    This sweet picture book from Giselle of Kids Yoga Stories follows Rachel and her dog, Sammy, from waking up to a rainy day in the garden. As she experiences life, we listen to the words, look at the gorgeous illustrations, and try the poses in the circled insets. The narrative has a perfect text-to-picture ratio and multi-media collage artwork is absolutely amazing. The book ends with four pages that have key words, the poses, and illustrations of how to do each. LOVE this book!

    Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kira Willey

    Editorial review

    “Giselle Shardlow has done it again! “Rachel’s Day in the Garden,” with its sweet story line and beautiful illustrations, makes it so easy for parents and teachers to bring simple, fun yoga poses into their homes and classrooms. The lovely depictions of the garden and natural world lend themselves to singing lots of traditional songs along with the book, too: You Are My Sunshine and Rain Rain Go Away!”

    Kira Willey, Musical Yogini

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Flynn

    Editorial review

    “Shardlow has mastered the art of integrating yoga, art, education and story into engaging books that promote movement, relaxation, literacy and connection. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is no exception and in fact, might be the best one yet! The Kids Yoga Stories series belongs in the hands of every child, parent and educator!”

    Lisa Flynn, Founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms
    Author of Yoga for Children; and Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claire Heffron & Lauren Drobnjak

    Editorial review

    “Rachel’s Day in the Garden is yet another one of Giselle’s masterpieces that incorporate yoga sequences into superb stories that kids love. The yoga poses are easy to follow and kids LOVE that they are moving their bodies like the real things they see within the book. Since they are so engaged in the story, kids don’t realize how hard they are working at strengthening and stretching their little bodies and the fabulous benefits they are giving their sensory systems. As pediatric occupational and physical therapists, we give this book two thumbs up for body boosting fun!”

    Claire Heffron & Lauren Drobnjak, Founders of The Inspired Treehouse, Inc.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    Adorable book introducing yoga to children. My preschool class enjoyed the book.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leslie N. (Physical Therapist)

    I used this book a lot in 12 Kindergarten groups I teach throughout the district. The kids LOVED it, and it was a perfect way to bring yoga into the classrooms in a fun, creative way! Cambridge schools has a garden program, so each elementary school has a garden. The kids were able to relate to planting the seeds, as most of them have done this!

    My favorite part of the book, as well as many of the kids, was the rainbow pose at the end, allowing them to lie down and let their little bodies relax after working so hard with the previous poses in the book. I MUST get the other season’s books, so I can visit the classrooms more often and bring more movement into their school day in a fun, engaging way!

    I am also interested in some of the Spanish versions, as I teach in a bilingual school, and the Kindergarten classes are taught in Spanish.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eve, Barefoot Librarian

    Amazon review

    This title is one of about 10 books in the Kids Yoga Stories. These books integrate yoga poses into stories that provide information, about animals, other countries and often present educational concepts such as shapes, colors and seasons. Some titles in the series teach life lessons such as embracing diversity. The author, Giselle Shardlow, uses her educational expertise from her Masters of International Education; her eight years of experience teaching grades K-5 in Guatemala, Australia, Canada and United States; and her certification as a yoga instructor to bring multiple layers of learning to each book. Each title is a rich experience, creating various educational applications for both school and home.

    The yoga component itself is a wonderful tool. Many educators and parents use yoga to help children calm themselves. As an adult who has recently started yoga, I truly understand how effective yoga can be to reduce stress. While concentrating on maintaining the yoga position, breathing, and tightening or softening appropriate muscles, the mind is so busy it cannot focus on the stressor that occurred. Yoga is an easy and effective tool to help children in dealing with their emotions and stresses. Each book contains helpful end notes to guide the parent or educator to safely and successfully introduce yoga to children and making it a more meaningful and enjoyable experience for everyone.

    But in addition to the yoga component, the stories present information about animals, seasons and concepts such as colors. For example, Rachel’s Day in the Garden is a spring time story that introduces colors, weather and springtime activities. A two page display depicts Rachel standing in a tree pose underneath a tree being protected from the spring rain by the leaves. The word green is introduced to describe the leaves and the text “tree” on the page is highlighted in green. At the top of the page is a smaller illustration of Rachel doing the tree pose with the words “tree pose” appearing in a green circle. Another two page display shows Rachel doing the squat pose and explains “She spaced the seeds two inches apart in the brown wet soil” This introduces the work brown, the squat pose and the springtime activity of planting. (This book is also available in Spanish.)

    As a retired school librarian, I appreciate books which can be used to introduce multiple ideas. And engaging stories such as these have been proven to be a successful way to introduce students to concepts. The author has done an expert job at packing a variety of knowledge into bright, cheerful picture books. I sell the Yoga Kids Stories in my personal book business at book fairs and educational conferences (www.barefootlibrarian.com). I highly recommend this book in the Kids Yoga Stories series.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlene A.

    Amazon review

    This interactive book – by that, the reader gets to participate physically, not electronically – by Giselle Shardlow is a real pleasure to read and view. As an adult, I loved the concept! The layout and colour scheme is extremely appealing, and the book is easy to follow. The yoga concepts/moves and vocabulary are woven seamlessly throughout the story. To reiterate the views, there’s a glossary at the back of the book yo explain the poses more fully. That’s a great way to introduce this aspect of book reading – it can be read as a picture book but is also a reference.

    While reading the story to my children, I did as the author suggested and read the story first, then focused on the yoga poses. My children were not unfamiliar with yoga, so it gave them confidence to recognize some of the poses already, but they learned new ones as well.

    The character, Rachel, is a lovely depiction of a young girl, and would appeal to most readers. Along with her puppy Sammy, she’s a great teacher of yoga!

    I loved the illustrations of this book. The muted tones with pops of colour fit well with the yoga theme. I liked how the main yoga keyword was highlighted in a continuous manner, so the young readers could spot it easily. There were also some fun texture elements in the illustrations.

    This picture book would be a great gift as it’s something different and goes beyond the typical story book. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bonnie D.

    Giselle Shardlow, the creator, of Kids Yoga Stories has again created a story designed to help children learn through movement and fun. In Rachel’s Day in the Garden, a little girl and her puppy wake up and explore the wonders of spring through specific yoga poses that are woven throughout the story.

    The story and the poses compliment each other in a seamless fashion. The illustrations bring the story to life just as spring brings the earth to life. They are bright and vibrant, and I particularly loved the feeling of texture added to each page.

    This book makes learning easy and fun for children and would definitely be an addition to spring collection of books at home or at school. There is a list of yoga poses at the end of the book with a demonstration that matches the keywords in the story as well as a Parent-Teacher Guide.

    This is the third book of the Kids Yoga Stories that I have reviewed and look forward to these seasonal stories. My daughter and I love to do yoga and this one is another winning kids yoga book that we can share together.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy B.

    Amazon review

    What a great way to get involved with exercising especially yoga. A very inventive way to associate yoga poses with real things. Makes it fun for the kids and they see it not as a form of exercise. The illustrations were bright and well drawn. I think this is a perfect idea for children and the possibilities could be endless with other exercise ideas. Kids will love this story!

  27. Rated 4 out of 5


    I found Rachel’s Day in the Garden to be a very engaging story. It reminded me of when my daughter was about five years old and she would stand next to me and do my workout and yoga workouts with me. She has always just been such a sponge for knowledge and interested in learning about everything. She would carefully watch what the instructor on the DVD was doing and mimic as best she could. I took a short video of her doing this one time and it is still one of my favorite videos to watch often when I come across it on my computer.

    Sadly, this book didn’t interest her as she is now a tween. But, my niece is five years old now and she took a keen interest in the storybook. She is very stimulated by bright colors and movement. And, while the characters in the story don’t actually display movement, per se, she was easily able to follow along and do the yoga poses as she saw Rachel demonstrate on the pages.

    For anyone interested in incorporating healthy habits starting at an early age, this book will be a great resource for your family.


    Updated: June 6th, 2015
    It’s a really great way to introduce children to the concept of yoga! Since my last email, my 12 yr old daughter has also seen the book and tried the poses. She has recently been diagnosed with a very mild case of scoliosis and the specialist we saw last month recommended yoga to strengthen her core muscles. She wasn’t much into it, till she looked at the book. She was easily able to do the poses and is now interested in learning more. So, thanks for that!!! I was having a hard time talking her into trying it. She thought yoga was hard.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Birdhouse Books

    Amazon review

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden is a charming picture book about yoga for young children. It begins with suggestions for parents or teachers on how to use the book: learn each yoga pose, act the book out for the child, and see the parent-teacher guide in the back of the book.

    The illustrations in this book are bright and colorful. They are sure to appeal to children, especially with the inclusion of a cute puppy dog named Sammy. Colors are also incorporated in a very clever way.

    Children will find this book a fun read, and they will also learn about colors and yoga poses! Rachel’s Day in the Garden would be a wonderful addition to a home or school library.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacie T.

    Amazon review

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden is the lovely tale of a spirited little girl who spends the day exploring the garden and discovering the beauty all around her.

    I just adore Giselle’s books. I am a big fan of yoga and love how this story encourages simple yoga poses that even the littlest yogis can perform. The author also pairs poses and colors which brilliantly promotes memory by association. The parent-teacher guide at the end of the book is a wonderful tool to help instill further learning. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is a rhythmic and peaceful tale filled with amazing illustrations that easily capture the attention of young readers.

    I highly recommend picking up a copy.

    Stacie Theis
    Beach Bound Books

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erika M.

    Amazon review

    I have read books like this before and I think they are super great for kids because it gets them off of the couch and moving, and the graphics are amazing – they have a patchwork feel that gives you comfort 🙂 My daughter is 8 and she loved this book, we did the exercises together and had a great time! Definitely a must-have for all kids to read and enjoy every day to get their exercise. But it’s not just the yoga, the kids also get to learn a lot about spring and gardening which is always fun. Just an overall great book filled with utter cuteness especially when it comes to the dog 🙂

  31. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon review

    Great interactive springtime book for kids

    I thought this was a really interesting topic for a children’s book. I’m always a fan of books that are interactive and that can get kids up and moving.

    Every time my daughter sees my yoga mat out, she asks to “do exercise” on it, so I had a feeling she would enjoy this book. I was right. The first time I read it to her, she started trying the yoga poses. Since Pooky is only three years old, most of them were too difficult for her to do, but she had fun trying them anyway. I think slightly older children would be able to do them without much difficulty. (Just be sure to use the guide in the back of the book to safely show the proper technique to your child.

    What I liked about this book was that there are different things that can be learned from it. Not only does it teach about yoga, it teaches about springtime. Young children can also learn about basic colors and animals while “reading” the story.

    I look forward to sharing the other books in the series with my daughter.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    What’s a better way to celebrate Spring than frolicking in the garden? For Rachel and her dog–nothing! These two explore her garden, experience a rain shower, plant in her garden and enjoy nature while embracing yoga. This is perfect for getting your child moving and grooving in a fun way.

    I happily recommend this book to any parent with a young child, or a parent looking for a way to encourage and motivate exercise for their child.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa CR

    Amazon review

    Spring is a wonderful time to watch the world renew and grow new life. In this book, Rachel enjoys the outdoors in her own special way- through yoga! Incorporating some fairly basic yoga poses, Rachel and her dog Sammy enjoy the fresh spring air around them. Key words for each pose help link the poses to the story. Rachel can help people all over enjoy the beautiful spring world and yoga.

    This was a very cute book. I love the bright colors and happy looking pictures. Rachel and her dog take a quick tour of the world outside and truly enjoy spring. I love the idea of incorporating yoga poses into the story as well. It’s a fun way to really get kids (and even adults) into the book. This book just made me feel happy. I think it’s a beautiful way to enjoy getting to know nature in new and fun ways!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bottles & Book Reviews

    Amazon review

    As a mom who does yoga with her toddler (and if you are in our area our local library offers monthly mommy & me yoga classes), I am thrilled to have found a series dedicated to young children and focuses on yoga while also making learning fun. Since I have a boy, he would have rather Rachel have been a boy like him, but he really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. Hazel Quintanilla does a wonderful job catching a child’s eyes with her colorful art work. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and meshes so well with the story. Presley loved Sammy, the puppy, who is admittedly cute as a button.

    Giselle Shardlow has written this book in a simple style featuring one to two sentences per page which makes it easier for the young ones to follow along with. While yoga is a focal point of the story, the story line focuses on spring and the colors of spring. I loved how each page featured a different color and the color or object of that color was highlighted. For children learning to differentiate colors this truly helps. In Presley’s case he knows his colors, but when seeing the words highlighted he would point out what color that was. I also liked how each pose was featured in the corner of the page along with the name of that yoga pose. The easy to follow parent-teacher guide comes in handy for doing yoga poses seen in the book. The poses featured are easy for young children and even though he’s only two, Presley had no problem following along.

    We truly enjoyed this read together and following up the story with these simple to follow yoga poses. We will definitely be re-reading this book in the future. I, for one, am glad to find a children’s book that focuses on the topic of yoga. With that being said, as a parent I have to give Rachel’s Day in the Garden five stars because it combines yoga, learning, and cheerful illustrations that are perfect for a young child.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brooke B.

    Amazon review

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow is a gorgeously illustrated and beautifully written children’s book. We follow Rachel and her puppy Sammy for a day of fun and yoga in the garden. This was such a cute story! I loved reading this with my three year old, and she had fun trying out the yoga poses with Rachel. This is definitely a great book for preschool through early elementary ages. Boys and girls alike would have a great time reading and doing the yoga poses.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bing I.

    Amazon review

    The book provides a unique and smart combination of a spring-themed, nature-inspired story and yoga basics geared for young children. The illustrations are simply adorable, featuring a great number of vibrant colors associated with spring. The 10 yoga poses taught in the book are fun and age appropriate. The keywords are very helpful for children to recall the corresponding poses that have been seamlessly integrated in the storyline. Besides teaching kids about yoga, the story also encourage kids to get close to nature and to follow an active lifestyle. While the book is intended for toddlers and preschoolers ages 3-5, my 7-year-old also enjoyed reading it with his little brother.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Libby Blumberg

    ‘Rachel’s Day in the Garden’ is beautiful on so many levels. The illustrations are colorful, happy, and inspiring. The use of well chosen yoga poses not only works with the story line, but encourages movement and imagination in a unique way. We especially liked the bees and butterflies, just like Sammy. I would recommend this book to anyone caring for young children. It can be narrated with guidance for the little ones or given as an independent movement and imagery study for older readers. So glad to see yoga, literature, and visual art in perfect harmony!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bonnie (from Canada)

    Spring is in the air. After a long winter where I live, we look forward to the renewal of spring. My family looks forward to the sun, the flowers, and the gardening. Giselle Shardlow, the creator, of Kids Yoga Stories has again created a story designed to help children learn through movement and fun. In Rachel’s Day in the Garden, a little girl and her puppy wake up and explore the wonders of spring through specific yoga poses that are woven throughout the story. The story and the poses compliment each other in a seamless fashion. The illustrations bring the story to life just as spring brings the earth to life. They are bright and vibrant, and I particularly loved the feeling of texture added to each page. This book makes learning easy and fun for children and would definitely be an addition to spring collection of books at home or at school. There is a list of yoga poses at the end of the book with a demonstration that matches the keywords in the story as well as a Parent-Teacher Guide. My daughter and I enjoy the kid yoga stories together and it makes great parent-child bonding time. It makes us feel good.

    Bonnie Dani
    Adalinc to Life

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    This delightful little picture book with its beautiful images and easy to follow instructions is the perfect way to get some fun and exercise with our kids especially now when the summer break is on.

    The book tells the story of a little girl who is enjoying herself in her garden and doing yoga as well. The simple asana or poses are easy to do. They can be done by both kids as well as their parents. Health and fitness for everyone along with Mother Nature.

    I found the story quite straight forward and the day in the garden adds to the yoga along with the sensory experience. Her pet dog Sammy too plays and frolics in the rain.

    The pictures are so cute and the yoga instructions easy to follow. I found the list of Kids Yoga Poses at the end to be especially relevant. The pink flowers, the bees, insects, rain and the birds are all beautifully illustrated.

    A must pick for young children to teach them fitness with fun.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    Rachel wakes up to a beautiful day and decides to spend her time outside in the garden with her dog Sammy. When she goes out, Rachel finds many things to explore and finds different poses to see them in.

    I loved that this book combined movement through yoga poses, colors and nature to create a whole new reading experience for kids. This is a great way to introduce kids to yoga with easy poses that are associated with plants, animals and actions that they are familiar with such as trees, butterflies and squatting to plant. As you read the story, you are led through a simple yoga sequence. It is also appealing to kids who incorporate movement into learning, associating a yoga pose with a color of an object. The pictures are bright and whimsical. At the end there is a helpful guide for each pose and general yoga tips.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tonja D.

    Amazon review

    My youngest daughter loved this. Not only are the illustrations colorful and fun to browse through (and I love the extra textures thrown in), but this is a book which gets the reader involved. The story itself is simple, but this isn’t as much about the young character Sammy’s adventures as it is her demonstrating various yoga positions. Several basic (and easy to understand) yoga position are presented while the reader follows Sammy through her morning and into her backyard. In the upper corner of each two page spread, the name of the yoga position as well as a picture of Sammy demonstrating it encourages kids to do the same.

    At the end of the story, there’s a special note for parents/teachers/grandparents to help them understand how to encourage kids to do these positions safely and correctly. Each position is then again listed with a short description.

    As said, my daughter loved this story and continued to read through it again and again, proud when she could show-off each position and say the name. Another favorite of hers was the small dog. Although he didn’t really have a major role in this story, his presence on most pages put a smile on her face.

  42. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon review (4.5/5)

    First of all, I have to say how much I absolutely love this idea. I’m a big fan of yoga myself and I think it’s great that there exists a picture book series for young kids (and adults too!) to get started practicing it at a young age while maintaining a fun and safe atmosphere. This isn’t a book I’d ever noticed missing in my life, but I can say that now that I know it exists, it’s one that I’d definitely recommend to my parent friends and relatives who have small children.

    Let’s start with the fundamentals: this is a practical but easy to use book from an adult standpoint. At the end of the book, there’s a little guide that goes into a bit more depth about how each of the poses demonstrated throughout the story should be done, as well as tips for staying safe while doing them, breathing control, and communication with the kids.

    Now for the story part of the book. What’s most striking to me about this book is the illustrations. They are simply stunning. They have bright, vivid colors that are perfect for springtime, and have this cool textured/layered look to them that I really enjoy. The illustrations of Rachel serve duel purposes. First, they highlight the story of Rachel’s lovely spring day in the garden with her dog. Also, each time that Rachel is on the page, she is in a new yoga position. On each of these new pages, there is a bubble with the name of the pose as well as a highlighted word in the sentence of the story that best represents that pose. That key word is also correspondent to a color (like the yellow sun). It’s a really simple book on the surface, but it teaches so much in a small space. It encourages fitness, imagination, and relaxation while simultaneously teaching the child about yoga and colors while also entertaining them with a story about a bright spring day. It’s a pretty neat idea that is really well done, in my opinion.

    This is a book that I think any yogi, fitness fan, or even parent of a young child would definitely benefit from reading. This is, from my gathered knowledge, the first book of a series with each book representing a different season. I would definitely read more from Giselle Shardlow and can’t wait to see the illustrations and poses in the next book.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane R.

    Amazon review

    When I first read this book, I wasn’t very sure that I loved it. I then took the book and went through the yoga activities and story with my five year old granddaughter. It was awesome! She loved the yoga moves and then read the book herself (She’s a very strong reader). I love the way the book gets the children moving. As a former teacher, I would definitely use this book with my class.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynda D.

    Amazon review

    Join Rachel as she plays in her garden with her dog, Sammy, on a typical spring day. You will learns about the different colors as they relate to nature. Rachel also demonstrates ten yoga poses, each with a corresponding keyword in the text (e.g., sun, rain, tree, etc.). The poses are summarized at the end of the book. There is also a Parent-Teacher Guide to help you get the most out of sharing this story with young children.

    The collage-like illustrations by Hazel Quintanilla are absolutely breathtaking. You’ll have to go back over the book just to admire them. This is a beautiful and educational book, perfect for spending a bit of quality time with the little ones and to encourage them to get active.

    Lynda Dickson
    Books Direct

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beth Ann

    Amazon review

    I was really skeptical to originally pick this book up. I am not a physically fit or flexible person, and I much enjoy sitting on my bum bum and reading books to my children. I thought “well I could just show them these poses once, and they can do them over and over while I read for them” . . . but once I started showing them the different yoga poses and reading the book to them, we were just a bag of giggles and we couldn’t stop. My daughter is two and a half, so she’s a little young for this book (it recommends age 3) but I still think she had many benefits to reading it with me. She loved the fun pictures and recreating the different yoga poses. She also loved Sammy, the puppy, or pup pup as she fondly referred to him.

    This book has really opened the door for us to be more active as a family. I have found that the more active we are together, the better we work together and the less fits are thrown. I love the tools that this book has given me to be a better mother to my children. So thanks Giselle. I didn’t know books like this existed, but you’ve opened my eyes to a new genre of fun books I can’t wait to get my hands on and share with my eager children. 🙂

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bambini Travel

    Amazon review

    I have long been a fan of Giselle Shardlow’s Kids Yoga Stories. We loved her Hello, Bali Island Adventure a while ago and were thrilled to review another Kids Yoga Story. As much as I have liked the other Kids Yoga Stories, Rachel’s Day In the Garden is my new favorite. The story is sweet and simple. It tells a Spring story that discusses the colors of the season while integrating simple yoga moves that are timely for the season and age appropriate for two to eight year olds. The yoga positions fit well with in the story and provided us with a pleasant flow that my three year olds found challenging, but doable. My favorite parts of this book, however are the illustrations, which exude the colors of Spring with warmth, texture, and charm. Make sure to visit the Kids Yoga Site if you are interested in more information and resources for doing yoga with young children.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen M.

    Amazon review

    Celebrate spring with active little ones

    A sweet story of a girl and her dog exploring their garden and the natural wonders in it. It’s visually appealing, with the bright colors and collage-like pictures. A beautiful way to bring both activity and calm into a child’s day. Perfect for kids who love being outdoors. Purchased this for my friend’s kids, who love gardening, and they cannot get enough of this story!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie W.

    Amazon review

    My toddler and I love this book, in fact, it’s hard to tally which of us has asked to read it more often.

    A few of my favorite things (about this book):

    – Creative illustrations: There is a brilliant texture and complexity to the illustrations in the book. Newspaper print peaks out behind wallpaper and clouds. And the rich colors and patterns create a wonderful sense of calm throughout the story.

    – An active read: My 3 1/2 year old asks for the yoga mat so we can do all the poses while we read the story. He loves to try his own version of the poses too and invents his own names for the new positions.

    – Helpful details: Included in extra pages are a full list of the yoga poses used in the story and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on how to help a child enjoy yoga safely.

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden is a new favorite in our household and I’m sure it will be in any household with young yogi.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heart of a Philanthropist “kim”

    Amazon review

    A fun story that gets your child to exercise

    Rachel’s Day In The Garden was a joyful book laced with spring flowers, butterflies, and a beautiful atmosphere. Rachel spends time with her doggy mimicking nature through different yoga poses. (See the sample page above). The colors are bright and inviting, and the yoga activities Rachel does are easy to copy. I really enjoyed the artwork. As an adult, I like that the poses are easy enough for me to do with my child. I also like that the author directs parents and other adults in the yoga routine through the parent’s handbook included in the book. If readers are unfamiliar with yoga, they can easily figure it out with the picture pose on each page. This is the second story I’ve reviewed from Giselle Shardlow. She is a great author and I look forward to reading more from her.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Clarke

    Amazon review

    Such a fun concept! Rachel’s Day in the Garden teaches colors and yoga through a little girl’s exploration of a garden with her dog.

    As a kids yoga teacher, I am always looking for creative ways to teach, and this book captivates the kids with whimsical, colorful illustrations. The yoga poses are seamlessly worked into the story, so it is very natural for the kids to do yoga along with the story. The poses flow well by starting with standing poses, followed by seated poses, and ending with a resting pose. This is the same structure that a yoga class would follow.

    Rachel’s Day in the Garden
    is a well-organized book with a list of yoga poses at the end as well as a helpful parent/teacher guide with guidelines for using yoga with kids. I recommend this book (as well as any of the other Kids Yoga Stories from Giselle Shardlow) to anyone looking for fun ways to encourage learning and movement through yoga.

  51. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon review

    The illustrations are bright and colourful. The collection of yoga poses for kids is comprehensive. I like the comparison of each yoga pose with an object in nature. The summary table at the end is definitely useful.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    This was a great book for kids ages 3- 8. Both my children (ages 5 and 7) loved this book and wanted to read it over and over. The book is highly interactive to allow the kids to test out the different poses, easily depicting them as the story goes along. The images are vivid and easy to translate. My kids cannot wait for more from this author!

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