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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Bibi: A Yoga Story About Gratitude is an educational children's book written by Agnieszka Migew and illustrated by Ashleigh Heyns. Bibi is a hardworking bee who often forgets his manners. After seeing a magnificent new house under the flowers, Bibi knocks on the door which is answered by a fairy. Inside, beautiful colors sparkle. Bibi asks the fairy how he too can have such a magnificent home. The fairy advises Bibi that magic dust is collected from people who express their thanks. The fairy then grants Bibi three wishes. Bibi makes his wishes but again forgets his manners, which does not impress the fairy. All three wishes are granted nonetheless but, before long, repairs are needed to the items he wished for. Bibi calls Bee Fixer, who makes the repairs, but Bibi again forgets to say thank you. The next day, all the wished-for items disappear, leaving Bibi very unhappy.
Agnieszka Migew's well-thought-out book is very important in instilling manners into today's generation. This magical tale is brought to life beautifully by the talented Ashleigh Heyns' illustrations. Children so often today do not display good manners, whether with friends or family, and take so much for granted. Bibi teaches children that manners cost nothing, yet are so important in life. When people go out of their way to help you in a time of need, a simple thank you is all it takes to bring about a smile and possibly even make a new friend. No matter a person's age, it is never too early to learn how to say please and thank you. The wonderful yoga poses introduced throughout also give this tale an interactive element. I very much enjoyed Bibi: A Yoga Story About Gratitude and feel it would be suitable to be read to youngsters even as early as two or three so that they grow up with perfect manners instilled in their everyday lives.