As always, the opinions expressed in my reviews are mine alone (or Mariah's should she be the one giving the review...). I was not compensated in any way for this review or giveaway. I hope it is insightful for you!
In my house, you know it is a good book if you have to read it at least three times in a row before being able to sneak away...
...And that they still want to read it themselves, with or without your help.
Bugaboo loves to go out on a run with me, whether in the stroller or being able to go around the block running next to me. I hope that someday, Squeakers will want to go run with us... though she is a big fan of riding in the stroller too.
I have been looking over my library and local bookstores for kids' books about running without a whole lot of success. Finally a friend shared a post from Fit Kids Publishing on facebook and I have been excitedly waiting to get my hands on this book ever since.
It was worth the wait.
The pictures are beautiful with vivid colors. The people and scenery are done very well. Bugaboo and Squeakers both have wondered off with the book to slowly look through the pictures. On the first reading with Squeakers, we talked about the pictures and the things we saw. "Can you find the bunny?" "Are they running? Where are the runners going?"
Squeaker's favorite page is when the mom and daughter stop on their run to take a moment and smell the roses. (Something every runner should do!) And she squealed with delight on finding a ladybug on one of the flowers in the picture.
The story is not too complex so that a very young child can enjoy it but with subtle references to good running form, recovery, stretching, pacing your runs... lots of good nuggets of information that we all might need to be reminded of and something to share with our children so that they can learn some of these tips too. I think a child of any age range could find something of interest in this story.
I walked away from the story being reminded how important my example is and that little eyes are watching and learning from me about the importance of an active lifestyle and the healthy choices I try to make.
Here's a bit more about the story (and the project that helped make it a real book) from the author:
I requested my local library purchase a copy of the book for their collection (and they did!) and after reading it myself, I am excited to contact the author on her webpage (click here) and order my own copy to keep and reread to my girls over and over and over and....
I hope you get your hands on a copy of this book! It is darling.
You can also find it at Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble for a hardcover copy or Nook version. If you have an i-toy of some kind, you can also purchase a copy though iTunes. Or, ask your favorite local book shop to carry it. ;-)
You can also enter HERE to win a copy of your own! (Starting Tues. Jan 14th)
Have you found any interesting picture books or stories for children about running or fitness? Please share the titles so I can find them too! :) Or tell me about the example you show with people (or children) around you. You probably are inspiring someone...