The happiest tree : a yoga story (#12004Y0)

by Krishnaswami, Uma; illustrated by Jeyaveeran, Ruth

7 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Lee & Low, 2005
Price: USD 16.46
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 1.6
AR 3.1 LG .5 104978EN; LEX AD510L; F&P N


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Embarrassed by her clumsiness, eight-year-old Meena, an Asian Indian American girl, is reluctant to appear in the school play until she gains self-confidence by practicing yoga.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Lee & Low
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2002
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
  • Tracings: Jeyaveeran, Ruth, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-68361-6 (originally 1-60060-360-2)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-68361-0 (originally 978-1-60060-360-0)
  • LCCN: 2004-027851
  • Follett Number: 12004Y0
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 1.6
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.1
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 104978EN
  • Lexile: AD510L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: N

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 01/01/07
  • Booklist, 10/01/05
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/06
  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/15/05
  • Library Media Connection, 04/01/06
  • Multicultural Review, 06/01/06
  • School Library Journal, 11/01/05

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (October 1, 2005 (Vol. 102, No. 3))
PreS-Gr. 2. Meena is excited about the class play, a "new and improved version"of Red Riding Hood. But after spilling paint on the set, she feels too clumsy to participate. Her teacher talks her into a part as a tree, but Meena stumbles during rehearsals, cementing her view of herself as uncoordinated and bumbling. Then, while shopping at the Indian market with her mother, she spots a yoga class for kids and signs up. She practices the postures and gradually gains confidence, and on the play's opening night, she uses what she has learned to play the perfect, grounded tree. Some of the messages about yoga's benefits are a bit purposeful: "If I am quiet inside, my body will be still. That's what yoga is really about."And a few figures in the acrylic illustrations appear stilted. Still, the balanced compositions and bright colors nicely echo the warm, encouraging story about overcoming challenges, while the well-integrated details of Meena's Indian culture, including a few terms, are rare and welcome in books for this age group.

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