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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Yoga and cookies, what a clever combination! Margot Harris has written a fun story called Cookie Doughga: A Book about Yoga, Mindfulness, and Cookies! Maria and her Mama are busy making cookie dough when they decide to make the cookies in the shape of yoga poses. While the cookies are baking, they decide to practice some of those same poses. They practice some grounding poses, some active poses, and some stretching poses, and then they end with a relaxing child's pose. The cookies are ready, but Maria suddenly worries they might not turn out just right. Her Mama suggests she connect with her body and check in. Maria does and realizes she is in control of her feelings.
Cookie Doughga is an inventive way to introduce yoga and mindfulness. Margot Harris describes each pose in rhyming verse and challenges kids with a little extra at the end. The illustrations by Stefanie Geyer are marvelous. Maria and her Mom are shown doing poses in settings that match the pose, i.e. the cobra pose in the desert. I loved how the page numbers are also in yoga poses! Harris has gone beyond just sharing simple yoga poses to include the benefits of being connected to your body. Maria can use what she's learned to let go of her worries and celebrate her uniqueness. Cookie Doughga: A Book about Yoga, Mindfulness, and Cookies! will be welcomed by parents and teachers who want to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with young people in their life. Kids will be excited to make their own cookie doughga.