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Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story for Young Movers (Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories for Young Movers) by [Once Upon a Dance, Ethan  Roffler]

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Princess Naomi is beyond annoyed with her little sister, Princess Miranda. First, Miranda spilled the last of the milk, leaving Naomi without any left for her breakfast cereal. Then, she started singing Naomi's least favorite song at the top of her lungs. Aaaaagh! Naomi gets so irritated that she storms out of the castle, mounts her horse En Tournant and gallops off. Soon, though, she finds herself embroiled in a fantastic new adventure involving a lost little unicorn and learning all over again the meaning and value of family.

Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn by Once Upon a Dance would be a delightful fairy tale for children ages four to seven were it presented as a story alone, what with Ethan Roffler's charming and colorful pencil-and-watercolor illustrations and the evocatively sensory details of Naomi's experiences. Yet this book, as with others in the series by the author, is special: it is a "Dance-It-Out" book.

"What is a 'Dance-It-Out' book?" you might ask. Well, we're all familiar with the idea of children "acting out" a story to increase their engagement and comprehension. 
Once Upon a Dance's "Dance-It-Out" series takes that tried-and-true method a step further — into the realm of dance, specifically ballet.

Accompanying each page of the book are insets of real-life ballerina Konora explaining and demonstrating dance moves that go along with the story. Konora's moves focus on the 
connections between emotions and body language, the physical experience of interacting with different types of surrounding space, and mimicking the actions of the characters. Along the way, she works in instruction on how to perform chassés, a classical ballet move that aptly mimics the galloping of Naomi's horse as well as the unicorn she meets.

Such physical activities not only give little readers some (perhaps much-needed)exercise, but help them to 
connect with their own bodies, senses and emotionsPrincess Naomi Helps a Unicorn and, by extension the rest of the growing "Dance-It-Out" series, are also perfect for teaching basic dance concepts to budding ballet dancers.

Other books in the series include 
Brielle's Birthday BallThe Cat with the Crooked TailDanny, Denny, and the Dancing DragonPetunia Perks Up; and Joey Finds His Jump! Even more are in the stages of writing and production. Each focuses on a different set of ballet moves; parents and teachers can use each book to build upon the skills learned in the previous ones, or as standalones. It is also worth noting that Once Upon a Dance also publishes a series for children ages six and older on "Dancing Shapes" that is more oriented to instruction and exercises than the playful "Dance-It-Out" series.

Whether your little one dreams of being a ballet dancer, needs help with physical coordination, or simply needs to step away from the screen and move more, Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn and the other books in the "Dance-It-Out" series fit the bill — with engaging and fantastical stories to boot.
—BookTrib (Cynthia Conrad)

About the Author

Once Upon a Dance is a mother-daughter collaboration. Konora is an apprentice with Ballet Idaho and previously danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Professional Division. Growing up, she danced iconic roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. Konora's mother taught creative movement and ballet for decades and was honored to be chosen and recognized by her local City Council (2014) for embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community for her work with young dancers. She's breathed dance from every angle: child to pre-professional to adult ballet student, zoom student, dance teacher, dance mom, competition mom, ballet-school parent-guilder, audience member, recital planner, business owner, and board member. Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories have won numerous awards in 2021 including PenCraft First Place, Mom's Choice Gold, Firebird First Place, and Royal Dragonfly First Place. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B094VPMSSN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Once Upon a Dance (May 12, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 12, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 18686 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Once Upon a Dance offers movement, breath, joy, connection and imagination through stories.

Their catalog (25 books across four series) offers a positive role model and features diverse characters. Story themes—beyond movement and dance—include empathy, friendship, helping each other, the value of practice, making new friends, self-acceptance, sibling relationships, anger management, and working toward a goal.

Visit to learn about this mother-daughter duo, see book details, or check out parent/teacher resources. Follow Once Upon a Dance (@Once_UponADance) for upcoming sneak peaks, dance photos, and the latest on their goofy cats.

Ballerina Konora is living her dreams as a full-fledged professional ballerina. Teacher Terrel arrived in Seattle after a Peace Corps stint teaching English and dance. Complementing decades of dance instruction, Terrel worked in early childhood education and for non-profits supporting kids. She was recognized by her local City Council for "embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community" for her work with young dancers.

The stories are lovingly crafted, and all royalties are donated. Once Upon a Dance has won numerous awards and accolades:

• Mom’s Choice Gold Award

• Family Choice Award

• Purple Dragonfly First Place

• PenCraft Award First Place

• Firebird First Place

• Pinnacle: Best Book Juvenile Fiction

• Independent Press Award Winner

• International Impact Book Award Winner

• Outstanding Creator Awards Winner

• Golden Boar Cover of the Year

• B.R.A.G. Medallion Award

• Readers Favorite Certified Great Read

• Indie’s Today 5-Star Recommended

• The Wishing Shelf 5-Star

• Literary Titan 5-Star Award

• Readers’ Choice Book Awards 5-Star

• Story Monsters Approved

• Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids LOVE this book!
By Greg Stone on February 20, 2022
I bought this book for my 7 year old daughter, who loves ballet and has been taking lessons since she was a toddler.
She loves how this is an interactive book and insists on doing the movements along with Ballerina Konora. : )
While my 7 year old is busy going through the movements and comparing her positions to the pictures of the actual ballerina, my 5 year sits quietly, lost in the imagination of the beautiful illustrations.
Both of my kiddos really enjoy this book during story time.
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