Yoga Bunny

illus. by Brian Russo. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Dec. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062429520.
PreS-Gr 2—Bunny likes to practice yoga outside his woodland home. As he performs his poses, he tries to get his friends Lizard, Fox, and Bird to join, but everyone is too tired, angry, or busy. Eventually, led by the mice, the other animals decide to join Bunny, and they find that yoga helps lessen the negative feelings they had at the beginning of the tale. The illustrations are made from colored pencil and watercolor and are based on the author's existing Yoga Bunny illustrations and website. They show Bunny doing different yoga poses and are intricately drawn to match real-life poses. Unfortunately, the plot is thin and has an overly simplistic conclusion. The endpapers include drawings of Bunny doing additional poses that aren't featured in the story. The use of yoga and mindfulness practices in classrooms has grown in recent years, so there may be an audience for this book. Pair it with Lauren Alderfer's Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda and Susan Verde's I Am Yoga.
VERDICT A serviceable addition for those looking to expand their collection of titles about yoga and mindfulness.

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