Emily and the Mighty Om
Has your child ever practiced yoga?
Arlo used to come home from Madison’s Preschool of the Arts showing off his flamingo pose. One day I witnessed every student in his class doing three Rainbow breaths (sitting “criss-cross applesauce” breathing deeply with swooping, open arm movements) before their morning meeting. Even at his large public elementary school here in Montreal there is a Spiritual Consultant who rotates through the classes leading yoga once a week. Outside of deep breathing through some escalating behavior however (mine and/or his), I tend to leave yoga on the school’s mat. While I practiced a brief but daily series of movements while pregnant, I am not a regular practitioner and had no real conduit to bring it home.
(It’s always Craigslist.)
I recently sold our high chair and travel crib to none other than Sarah Lolley, author of Emily and the Mighty Om.
For little Emily and the hapless adults in her world, a little “om” goes a long way.
Albert the yogi is stuck—all twisted up like a pretzel. Everyone from the lifeguard to the librarian shows up to help, but only little Emily knows what to do. Will she find the courage to speak up?
The whimsical story by first-time author Sarah Lolley subtly conveys how children and adults alike can benefit from the calming mindfulness of yoga. Beautifully rendered illustrations by Canadian-Japanese artist Kaori Kao (a.k.a. Sleepless Kao) feature saturated blocks of blue, green and fuchsia, and delicate brushstrokes.
“Unlike most children’s books about yoga, which are how-to guides, “Emily and the Mighty Om” makes yoga a key part of the narrative,” explains author Sarah Lolley (www.sarahlolley.com), who has been practicing yoga for thirteen years. “This helps kids understand that they can incorporate the beneficial aspects of yoga, like mindfulness, into everyday life.”
This is a sweet, gentle book but with enough humor and punch (spoiler: the adults have it all wrong!) to have my five-year-old giggling throughout the story.
Such a great gift any time of year but especially during the holidays when we all need an Om, mighty or otherwise.
Thank you Sarah! See you in the neighborhood. :)