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Eka and the Elephants: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story for Young Movers (Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories for Young Movers) Kindle Edition
GET MOVING with bunnies, elephants, bees, Ballerina Konora, and Eka.
"Konora glides across the pages, inviting youngsters to tiptoe, leap, roll, squat, jump among others physical activities through her ballet positions. ... Cristian Gheorghita’s playful, animated illustrations enchant readers, immersing them in the authors’ vivid imagination." —The Prairies Book Review
*Outstanding Creator Award First Place Winner
*Purple Dragonfly First Place Winner
Each Dance-It-Out! story brings movement, joy, breath, connection, and imagination. Ballerina Konora inspires with dance photos and suggestions. In this story, Eka’s family creates a garden, but Eka worries animals may destroy all their hard work. When playful elephants visit, will Eka's calm quick thinking and problem solving save the vegetables and flowers?
Three books in one: readers can enjoy the story, act it out in their own way, or try Konora’s suggested activities, designed by an award-winning ballet teacher to develop body awareness and practice dance fundamentals
The Dance-It-Out! collection spans books ideal for kids 3-9, and Eka and the Elephants makes a great series introduction for children 4+. Eka and the Elephants features Eka (no pronouns), Eka’s brother and sister, Koda and Kanoni, and Eka’s parents, along with elephants, bunnies, and bees.
Movement Concepts and Dance Technique in this story:
• Sideways Leap
• Forward Stretch
• Body Part Isolation (Fingers, Thumb, Shoulders, Hips, Nose, Lips, etc.)
• Fine Motor Skills (Pinching, Twisting, Wriggling Fingers, Flat, Clasped, etc.)
• Closed/Expanded Shapes
• Stillness/Muscle Deactivation
• Breath In/Out
• Counted Movements
• Quality of Movement (Heavy/Light, Slow/Fast, Jerky/Gently)
• Moving with Emotion (Surprise, Excitement, Fear, Interest, etc.)
• Importance of Healthy Eating and Sleep
Main elements and themes include Elephants, Rabbits, Animal Rescue/Sanctuaries, Bees, Family, Gardening, Pea Plants, Carrots, Sunflowers, Dreams, and Healthy Eating.
This movement journey is ideal for dance, creative movement, physical education, homeschool, preschool, kindergarten, or first-grade activities. The full Dance-It-Out! collection features male, female, ungendered, and nonbinary diverse characters. Dance-it-Out! books make a great gift for boys or girls interested in dance, ballet, gymnastics, or yoga, or reluctant readers who enjoy getting up and being active.
Once Upon a Dance
Brought to you by a mother-daughter pair donating all profits to charity. Ballerina Konora is a professional ballet dancer. Her mother, Teacher Terrel, taught creative movement and ballet for decades and 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. She’s breathed dance from every angle and has worked in education and with various non-profits supporting kids and families.
Once Upon a Dance has won the following awards and endorsements:
• Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
• PenCraft Award First Place Winner
• Mom’s Choice Gold Award Recipient
• Firebird Book Award First Place
• Family Choice Award
• Royal Dragonfly Book Award First Place
• B.R.A.G. Medallion Award
• Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (Best Book Juvenile Fiction)
• Outstanding Creator Awards Winner (First Place)
• Readers Favorite Certified Great Read
• Love Reading 4 Kids Indie Books We Love
• Literary Titan 5-Star Book Award
• Readers' Choice 5-Star Review
• Indie’s Today 5-Star Recommended
• Wishing Shelf 5-Star Emblem
Konora glides across the pages, inviting youngsters to tiptoe, leap, roll, squat, jump among others physical activities through her ballet positions. ... Cristian Gheorghita's playful, animated illustrations enchant readers, immersing them in the authors' vivid imagination.
—The Prairies Book Review
Once Upon a Dance never ceases to impress and amaze with their performing arts series for children. "Eka and the Elephants" definitely lives up to expectations as a cute and fun-to-follow children's book.
Whether read together or separately, the three components of this book encourage imaginative discovery and exploratory movement to both support gross motor development and give readers new ways to engage with the books they read. This is a delightful addition to this Dance it Out series and is a great story to share with dancers of all ages.
—Mary Lanni, Independent Librarian Reviewer
About the Author
- ASIN : B0B2L72VQB
- Publisher : Once Upon a Dance (May 26, 2022)
- Publication date : May 26, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 16281 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #684,890 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #41 in Children's Elephant Books (Kindle Store)
- #283 in Children's Cooking Books
- #429 in Children's Elephant Books (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2023
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The illustrations are beautiful, and capture the attention of children of all ages. Each movement guide is user-friendly. I’d say the perfect level of difficulty for ages 5+. (Although the little ones love attempting the moves too!) Giving children a meaningful way to move their bodies while listening is a fantastic idea, and this book would be a fun read at a mommy & me class for moms and kids to enjoy together.
The story is wholesome and meaningful, and the language absolutely poetic. It’s refreshing to read a children’s book with elevated syntax but a story simple enough for children to enjoy. The story’s themes also serve to make children more interested in healthy foods, which is always a plus!
If you have children between the ages of 4-9, you’ll want this book in your rotation!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 8, 2023