Frog's Breathtaking Speech
How Children (and Frogs) Can Use Yoga Breathing to Deal with Anxiety, Anger and Tension
Illustrated by Sarah Peacock
Frog is very worried as he has an important speech to make at his school assembly. The speech is about breathing and he doesn't know a thing about it! He asks his friends for help and they teach him all about the lion breath, the crocodile breath, the humming bee breath and the woodchopper breath. Can any of these breathing techniques calm his nerves before the big speech?
This charming illustrated picture book teaches children four yoga breathing techniques in a fun and interactive way. The story successfully increases children's awareness of their breath and shows how breathing can be used to deal with anger, anxiety and tension.
This book will be a great resource for teachers and teaching assistants in mainstream and special needs schools, children's yoga instructors, as well as parents looking for an engaging story to teach their children about coping with difficult emotions and stressful situations.
Dedication. Acknowledgements. Guidance for Teachers. Learning Objectives. Frog's Breathtaking Speech. Helpful Guidance on Postures. About Michael Chissick and Sarah Peacock.
'(...) this is the first picture book proper that I have seen dealing with breathing techniques in particular... Well worth seeking out.'
- Red Reading Hub blog - Jill Bennett's Reviews of Children's Books
'Author and yoga instructor Michael Chissick incorporates traditional pranayama techniques into this charming tale that will appeal to children of all ages.... Chissick's presentation is entertaining, yet practical. Parents and educators will enjoy this creative resource that teaches children how to manage anxiety, anger, and tension.'
- Yoga International
'Michael's years of working with children and yoga and especially in the field of special needs has enabled him to crystallise his wisdom in this little gem of a book. It is clear, intelligent and well-constructed. The story is engaging and adaptable to any kind of classroom activities as well as a great bedtime read. The approach is practical and unfussy, creative and humane. With lovely illustrations and an "altogether now" type refrain, it is the ideal way to introduce children (and the adults who care for them) to the power of the breath to calm the nerves and focus the mind.'
- Tara Fraser, Director of Yoga Junction and author of Yoga for You and The Easy Yoga Workbook
Michael Chissick has been teaching yoga to children in primary mainstream and special needs schools as part of the integrated school day since 1999. He is a primary school teacher as well as a qualified yoga instructor. He is also a specialist in teaching yoga to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Michael trains and mentors students who want to teach yoga to children.
Sarah Peacock is an illustrator, a primary school teacher and Maths Specialist in Hertfordshire, UK. She holds a first class degree in theatre design from Nottingham Trent University.