- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Series: Barefoot Books
- Hardcover: 99 pages
- Publisher: Barefoot Books; Rei/Com edition (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846862191
- ISBN-13: 978-1846862199
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories (Barefoot Books) Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Gr 1-5–Anansi, witches, gods, goddesses, and fairies inhabit these adventurous, mysterious, and fanciful stories that capture the magical power of dance. In the lighthearted story of “The Shepherd's Flute,” even the sheep and the herding dog execute a joyful flamenco that is caught in charmingly humorous illustrations. From 12 waltzing princesses to the belly dancing Isis, the broad spectrum of the moods and movements of dance is highlighted. Malian dance, the polka, Japanese Noh dancing, and Scottish Reels are also spotlighted. The bright watercolor and mixed-media illustrations with stylized backgrounds feature sweeping curves and patterns that swirl as if dancing across the page, as dynamic and graceful characters engage in their activities. Additional information about the various dances is available in the endnotes. With all of the recent popularity of dance, these ageless tales may get readers “moving to the beat.”–Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Magic intermingles with movement in nearly every story here, as Yolen and Stemple celebrate the powerful and often mystical charms of dance. Drawing on folklore from all over the world, from the well known (Germany’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses) to the lesser so (Egypt’s When the Goddess Danced), each story spotlights a different dancing style. Themes vary, but the tales feature some recurrent characters. And though the stories end on happy notes, there are some menacing figures along the way, especially the bright-red, horned-and-hoofed creature from Tam O’Shanter. Cann’s watercolor-and-mixed-media illustrations pay vibrant tribute to each setting and culture, opening with the same landscape outline but distinguishing each via rich colors, fine details, and the joy of movement. Along with a story CD read beguilingly by Juliet Stevenson, the book contains a bibliography and brief endnotes about the style and steps of each dance. Grades 1-4. --Abby Nolan