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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 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 chifocused attention; enhanced creativity, imagination, self-confidence; and improved balance, circulation, and overall healththrough 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.
|Publisher:||Inner Traditions/Bear & Company|
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Tai Chi Is for Children
A Story about Tai Chi
Come and Learn Tai Chi
How to Perform the Tai Chi Movements in This Book
1. Holding the Bird's Tail
2. Snake Slithering Down
3. White Crane Cools Its Wings
4. Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountains
5. Dragon Plays in the Clouds
6. Wild Goose Flies Away
7. Chasing the Monkeys Away
8. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
"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."