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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Yogi Superhero Time to Rest is a children’s educational/health and fitness picture book written by Anna Smithers and illustrated by Martyna Nejman. How does a Yogi Superhero recharge and relax with so many things to do and so many adventures to be had? For an excited child seemingly bursting with energy even while their eyes are fighting to stay open, settling down and relaxing must seem an impossible task indeed. Caregivers who are familiar with relaxation techniques will appreciate how easily those techniques can be adapted for use with children. Starting with the simple act of lying down, stretching out, and covering up with a blanket, Smithers helps young yogis relax their bodies and explore inner worlds. She teaches them how to tense and then make all their muscles go soft, and how to make each part of their body feel heavy and relaxed. Then she escorts them on adventures of the mind.
While I am familiar with relaxation exercises, I discovered that Anna Smithers had some intriguing and fun ideas for me to try in Yogi Superhero Time to Rest. As I read, I pictured young readers exploring the book, looking at Nartyna Nejman’s marvelous artwork, and trying each suggestion on their own. I was even more taken with the concept of a caregiver coaching young ones as they went through each relaxation step and exercise. There are so many options for making use of this excellent introduction to relaxation for children. Nejman’s illustrations are imaginative and magical, showing children resting on clouds, meeting a snowman in a chilly world, and curling up in an easy chair by a merrily blazing fire. Each of the author’s techniques is rendered real and fully imaged by Nejman’s art. Yogi Superhero Time to Rest is a grand introduction to relaxation techniques that should be on every young yogi and caregiver’s bookshelf. It’s most highly recommended.