Who Hops?

Citation: Davis, K. (1998). Who hops? San Diego: Harcourt Brace. Who Hops?

Ages:  2 – 8

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description:  Who hops? begins by asking this question, which is then followed by simple, full page spreads that answer that frogs, rabbits, and kangaroos hop. The book then asserts that “cows hop!” followed by an image of a cow trying unsuccessfully to hop, and the caption of “it would never work.”  The book continues in a similar structure, asking what animals slither, fly or swim. Davis ends the book by asserting to readers or listeners that they are the animal that can perform all of the activities.  The book features vibrant images, and a simple structure that will invite children to participate.

Uses:  With the predictable structure and vibrant, bold images, Who hops? is an ideal choice for a toddler or preschool storytime. Children will be quick to pick up the pattern of the book, and will soon scream “No they don’t!” when the mentioned animal cannot perform the activity. Librarians can invite children to move like the animals (swim, hop, etc) during the story, or at the end, when Davis focuses the attention back on the audience.

Review Sources:

Schon, I. (20060. ¿Quién salta?. Childhood Education, 82(3):179.

Greenlee, A. (1998). Preschool to grade 4: Fiction. School Library Journal, 44(9):171.

Zaleski, J. (2001). Picture book REPRINTS. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(44):67.

Lempke, S. (1998).  Books for youth: Books for the young. Booklist, 95(2):234.

Tags: animals, animal movements, exercise

Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy!

Citation: Cousins, L. (2012). Hop, skip, and jump, Maisy! Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press. maisy

Age: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK-Kindergarten

Description:  Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! is a pull the tab book, with bright illustrations typical of the Maisy series of books. When children pull the tab, Maisy demonstrates different activities, such as jumping, stretching, and running.  Cousins’ text also emphasizes the importance of a nutritious snack and getting a good night’s sleep.

Uses:  Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! is a perfect text for use with toddlers and preschools in small storytime settings.  The bright colors and familiarity of the Maisy character will endear audiences to this story, and the pull the tab feature will capture children’s attention. Children can be encouraged to move along with Maisy as the tab is pulled.

Review Sources: no professional recommendations found – part of popular Maisy series in many libraries.

Tags: animals, exercise, pull the tab, Maisy

Watch Me Do Yoga

Citation: Clennell, B. (2010). Watch Me Do yoga. Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press. Watch Me Do Yoga

Ages: 2-8

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: Watch Me Do Yoga follows a young girl as she does different yoga poses with the people and things around her, such as her mom, dad, dog, and a tree. The story is told from the young girl’s perspective, and she relates the poses to the world and objects around her, while she describes them. For example: in doing mountain pose with her mom, she stands still, tall and strong.  The images reflect the movements described in the text.

Uses:  Clennell’s text could be used by teachers and librarians during a young child or preschool program.  The book can be read aloud, while the children and leader try each pose. This text would also be useful in a program with parents/guardians and their children, where they can do the poses and movements together.

Review Sources: none.

Search Terms: exercise, hatha yoga, yoga, sports

Get Up and Go!

Citation: Carlson, N. L. (2006). Get up and go! New York: Viking. get up and go

Ages: 0- 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:  Carlson’s text begins by telling readers: “You are special!” and that no matter if you are “tall, short, skinny or round” that it is important to take care of your body!  She then directly challenges readers to get out from behind the screen, and to get out and get some exercise. Throughout the book, the animal characters take part in a number of different types of physical activities, and with the text frankly, yet delicately, explaining the importance of physical activity, and what parts of the body physical activity can help.  

Uses: Carlson’s text is a direct challenge to the readers to get up and get moving. It is ideal to use in a storytime about the importance of exercise our about being healthy. The way Carlson presents the information highlights that this book could be used to introduce young children to healthy lifestyles. The book could also be useful in a family, toddler, or preschool storytime where adult family members and/or guardians are present, to also encourage them to get up and get moving, and/or to understand the importance of physical activity. This book could be used in a storytime program as a lead in or explanation before the teacher or librarian leads children through a group exercise.

Review Sources:

Jonas, JoAnn. (2006). Get Up and Go! [Review of the book Get Up and Go!]. School Library Journal, 52(2): 94

Phelan, C. (2005). Get Up and Go! [Review of the book Get Up and Go]. Booklist, 102(7):52.

Kirkus Reviews. (2005).  Get Up and Go. [Review of the book Get Up and Go]. Kirkus Reviews, 73(23):1271

Tags:  exercise, non-fiction, animals, dance, hiking, sports

Babar’s Yoga for Elephants

Citation:  Brunhoff, L. de. (2002). Babar’s yoga for elephants. New York: Harry N. Abrams.  

Age: 3- 8

Grade: 0 – 4

Description: In this book, Babar explains yoga for elephants and people. The story begins with a discovery by archaeologists in Babar’s home of Celesteville: drawings to show that not only did ancient woolly mammoths do yoga, but they invented it. Using this storyline, Babar explains basic stretches and movements, while traveling to different landmarks around the world.

Use:  Babar’s Yoga for Elephants is well suited for children’s storytimes and programs aimed at teaching younger grade children yoga. The book’s narrative style invites interaction from the students:  the librarian can read the narrative, explain the poses, and then invite participants to join in.

Review Sources: School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly

Kropp, Lisa G. (2003). Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. [Review of Babar’s Yoga for Elphants.] School Library Journal, 49(4): 148. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=58&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=214473&db=neh

Staff . (2002). Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. [Review of Babar’s Yoga for Elephants.] Publisher’s Weekly, 249(32):298. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=58&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=214473&db=neh

Tags: babar, elephants, hatha yoga, yoga, exercise