Keya wants to go outside and play, but it’s literally a jungle out there! Her mother warns her not to get lost and Keya tries her best to listen, but the animals have something else in mind. Join Keya on her adventure as she encounters jungle wildlife including exotic flowers, hungry birds, a confused antelope, a slithery snake and a bathing baby elephant. Using traditional yoga poses in a flowing sequence, children will increase their fitness, learn body awareness and have lots of fun.
Targeted Age Group: 4-7 year olds
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The story started with animals. Kids have fun with yoga animal poses so I did some research as to where all the animals could possibly live together.
The Palpur-Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh India fit the bill. Then Keya, the character came from research about the Sahariya tribe that was relocated to the outskirts of the sanctuary so that they could reintroduce Asiatic Lions. For fans of the book, Keya means “flower” in Sanskrit and is pronounced “kia”. All the images of the animals and plants are from the Madhya Pradesh region.
Keya woke up one morning to the sound of trumpeting elephants. She yawned and stretched and looked outside the window. The jungle was just coming to life. You see, Keya lived in a little house just next to an Indian wildlife sanctuary but to her, it was just a jungle.
Keya wanted to go outside and play. When she asked her mother, her mother replied, “Of course you may go, but be careful that you don’t get lost in the jungle.”
About the Author:
Lakshmi Gosyne is an author, illustrator and designer. She worked with John Wiley and Sons, Canada as a graphic designer before working full-time with children and getting her Master’s Degree in Education.
Her 15 years of experience with children and teaching as well as her love for yoga converged into two Yoga for Kids books: A Jungle Walk and Waiting for Dad
In fact, Jungle Walk was originally a yoga workshop for children in Child Care Centers.
Lakshmi is an avid traveler and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Toronto, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand. She currently lives in Koh Samui, Thailand with her husband Jonathan.