How Do You Dance?
How Do You Dance?
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Annotation: Explores dance in all of its creativity, humor, and most of all--joy.
Catalog Number: #191075
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-419-73418-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-73418-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018966486
Dimensions: 23 x 26 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Heder (Alfie: The Turtle That Disappeared) imagines what happens when ordinary human beings dance everywhere, for any reason. Things start on the title page as six children groove to a beat. One boy sits way over on the verso, reading a book. -Like this!- says one of the dancers. On the next page, some dancing grown-ups join the party. The boy stands alone, arms crossed. -I don-t,- he says. A girl leaps out behind him. -I do!- she says. -Rick does, too!- says another, pointing to a man with a mop and a pair of headphones. -GO RICK!- says the test, as vignettes show Rick waving his mop. Heder explores dance with pages of graceful, rhythmic watercolors that show people of myriad ages, ethnicities, shapes, and abilities stretching, bopping, spinning, and swaying. Moves executed in exuberance (-Dinos! Robos! Horsies! Dads!-), impulsiveness (-At the market!-), and self-care (-Sometimes you just need to flop around... until you feel better-) climax in a gigantic, inclusive dance party complete with glittery disco ball. Heder-s stream of dancers encourages everyone to find a way to dance-even, perhaps, the most stubborn nondancers. Ages 3-7. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Aug.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A simple question—"How do you dance?"—meets resistance from one bespectacled youngster, who's surrounded by a diverse, exuberant cast of characters displaying their signature moves in a range of settings and scenarios.Heder perfectly captures the joy each figure finds in dance with muted watercolor-and-pencil illustrations against a white background. The serif typeface lends an authoritative air to the narrative voice's descriptions of movement while playful hand-lettered text is sprinkled throughout to indicate characters' responses to the "official" text. The typography also works with the book's landscape format to emphasize the ways in which one might move—"FAST FAST FAST" in blurred italics and a drawn-out "sloooo o o o w w w w"—across a horizontal axis. The text's organic, encouraging flow pauses at an official-looking chart that demonstrates such moves as "the swivel," "the toodle," and "the scoot" before taking an unexpected and delightful pirouette into the surreal: A full-bleed spread shows humans, including a dancer in a wheelchair, sharing a dimly lit dance floor (complete with disco ball) with dinosaurs, a robot, and horses. The reluctant dancer, who is not named or gendered by the text, has short dark brown hair and peachy tan skin and wears a green pullover with purple shorts and sneakers.A gleeful, tender celebration of self-expression through movement, destined to become a favorite read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-8)
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of Fraidyzoo There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you're happy or even because you're sad. But, what's the best way to dance? Exactly how you want to! In How Do You Dance? , author-illustrator Thyra Heder explores dance in all of its creativity, humor, and--most of all--joy, in a picture-book celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving.

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