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Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the Animals
     

Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the Animals

by Stuart Alve Olson, Gregory Crawford
 

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The first tai chi book exclusively for children ages 4 to 8.

• Uses children's delight in imitating animals to teach the eight basic tai chi forms essential for health.

• Each exercise is accompanied by colorful artwork and photographs of the author's 7-year-old son demonstrating postures.

• Written as a story to invite imaginative

Overview

The first tai chi book exclusively for children ages 4 to 8.

• Uses children's delight in imitating animals to teach the eight basic tai chi forms essential for health.

• Each exercise is accompanied by colorful artwork and photographs of the author's 7-year-old son demonstrating postures.

• Written as a story to invite imaginative play and learning.

• Designed for children and parents to play with together and for independent learning by older children.

Millions of adults practice the ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi everyday. Now children can experience the numerous health, learning, and social benefits of tai chi--focused attention; enhanced creativity, imagination, self-confidence; and improved balance, circulation, and overall health--through the eight simple exercises introduced in Tai Chi for Kids.

Inspired by his own son's excitement with tai chi at the age of only three, master teacher Stuart Olson appeals to the innate imagination and playfulness of children to teach them the eight basic forms of a tai chi practice. Children have fun imitating animals while guided by colorful and playful illustrations and photographs of Olson's son, Lee, performing each posture. Olson uses the language of a storyteller, wonderful animal metaphors that invite children to pretend, and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions so that every child can enjoy such exercises as "Chasing the Monkeys Away," and "Riding the Tiger to the Mountain." The book also includes a fun teaching tale of how tai chi first began that can be read out loud by a parent or independently by the older child. Tai Chi for Kids introduces children to a lifetime of physical fitness and instills in them a love of movement.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Bookwatch
Tai Chi for Kids is a unique and enthusiastically recommended title for any family, school, or library collection.
From the Publisher
"A great way to introduce your own children to this ancient healing and balancing movement art."

"Tai Chi for Kids is a unique and enthusiastically recommended title for any family, school, or library collection."

The Children's Bookwatch
"Tai Chi for Kids is a unique and enthusiastically recommended title for any family, school, or library collection."
The Empty Vessel
"A great way to introduce your own children to this ancient healing and balancing movement art."
Fall 2002 The Empty Vessel
"A great way to introduce your own children to this ancient healing and balancing movement art."
February 2002 The Children's Bookwatch
"Tai Chi for Kids is a unique and enthusiastically recommended title for any family, school, or library collection."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591438502
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"Tai Chi for Kids is a unique and enthusiastically recommended title for any family, school, or library collection."

"A great way to introduce your own children to this ancient healing and balancing movement art."

Meet the Author

Stuart Alve Olson has studied Tai Chi, meditation, and Chinese language for more than twenty-five years. Considered one of the leading authorities on Tai Chi, Stuart has published a number of books on the subject and has taught classes and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. He presently lives in northern California. Greg Crawford is a self-taught artist who has made his living as an illustrator and designer for more than thirty-five years. He has worked in advertising, magazine and book illustration, film, and television. He is also active in community theater and is a passionate amateur stonemason. Gregory lives in Vermont with his wife, Jacki, and their German shepherd, Athena.
Stuart Alve Olson has been a practicing Taoist for over 30 years and has studied with the famous Taoist master T. T. Liang (1900-2002). He lectures throughout the world and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gregory Crawford has been a professional artist for 37 years. His work has appeared in advertising and film and on TV, and he is the illustrator of Tai Chi for Kids. He lives in Gaysville, Vermont.

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