Tai Chi for Kids

Move with the Animals
By (author) Stuart Alve Olson
Illustrated by Gregory Crawford

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Tai Chi for Kids
Move with the Animals
By (author) Stuart Alve Olson
Illustrated by Gregory Crawford

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Pages : 32

Book Size : 11 x 8.5

ISBN-13 : 9781879181656

Imprint : Bear Cub Books

On Sale Date : November 01, 2001

Format : Hardcover Book

Illustrations : Full color illustrations throughout

This tai chi book for children appeals to their sense of play to teach them the eight basic forms of a tai chi practice. Children ages 4-8 will have fun imitating animals while learning skills that offer a lifetime of physical fitness.
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About Tai Chi for Kids

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.

Table of Contents

Table of content


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
Author Bio
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.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"Tai Chi for Kids is a unique and enthusiastically recommended title for any family, school, or library collection."
The Children's Bookwatch, February 2002

"A great way to introduce your own children to this ancient healing and balancing movement art." The Empty Vessel, Fall 2002
Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

TAI CHI / AGES 4-8

Tai Chi is fun for children because they can imagine they are playing with birds, tigers, monkeys, and dragons. They can even pretend they are flying. However, children also reap the many health, learning, and social benefits of Tai Chi--focused attention, enhanced creativity, 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 will love imitating the animals shown in the colorful and playful illustrations, and the photographs of Olson’s 7-year-old son, Lee Jin, provide the perfect guide to each of the postures. 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 “White Crane Cools Its Wings.”

The book is designed for children and parents to use together or for independent learning by older children. The book also includes an informative teaching tale of how Tai Chi first began. Tai Chi for Kids introduces children to a lifetime of physical fitness and good health.

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. GREGORY 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.

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