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Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage

Title:  Boys Dancing:  From School Gym to Theater Stage
Author:  George Ancona
Series:   —
Recommended for:  kids in grades K and up, especially active athletic boys who like to run, jump, spin and leap
Pages:   Unpaged  (approximately 46 pages)
Call Number/Link:   E 793.3 ANC

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“Follow four energetic boys as they train for and take the stage in a community dance performance celebrating classic kids’ books”–Provided by publisher.

Comments:

With the exception of break dancers, there’s not a lot of support out there for boys who dance.  This book shows that average, everyday boys who like to run, jump, yell, climb and throw balls to each other at recess can also like to dance.  They warm up for dance class by running through the halls of their dance school and do pull-ups to strengthen their arms.  They are going to perform a dance number based on Treasure Island so learn how to fake fistfights.  Older boys in their school learn how to fight with swords.

As part of a collaboration between the National Dance Institute of New Mexico and several schools in their town, students are taught movement (i.e. leaping, running, spinning, jumping and showing emotions like joy or anger) set to music.  These movement classes teach students to dance – and prepare them for performances in May.  The final May performance has more than twenty dances and all of the 500 students are in the grand finale.

The book shows that dance can be fun, athletic, active and very boy (and girl and firefighter) friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Juv, Non-Fiction

 

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Firebird

firebirdTitle:   Firebird:  Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
Author:   Misty Copeland                                      Illustrator:  Christopher Myers
Series:  not applicable
Recommended for:  Everyone, second grade and up.  Especially dancers and people who love dance.
Pages:   32 pages (approximate)
Call Number/Link:  E COPELAND, M.

Rating:   ****  

 

 

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Synopsis:

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author’s note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

Comments:

I recommend that all of you read this book.  Its illustrations are striking and beautiful and the message is inspiring.  Unfortunately, the text is more poetic than direct, which could be confusing to some readers (or listeners).  I’m not sure of its child appeal, especially when kids are walking through the picture book area grabbing books that attract their attention. However, dancers and and dance fans will love it.  Both protagonists are African American so it would fit in a Black History Month display.  It could also be a good choice for Children’s Lit students and teachers who teach grades 3-12.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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