Dance with Me

Dance with Me

by Ron Hirschi
     
 
Dance with me! That's what many animals seem to mean when they flap their wings, splash their tails, and leap high into the air.A simple text and spectacular color photographs take a look at some animal dances--butterfly, chickadee, cranes, eagles, and even the polar bear. Learn why they dance, and maybe even join in.

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Dance with me! That's what many animals seem to mean when they flap their wings, splash their tails, and leap high into the air.A simple text and spectacular color photographs take a look at some animal dances--butterfly, chickadee, cranes, eagles, and even the polar bear. Learn why they dance, and maybe even join in.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Clayton Rowen
Wildlife in all its glory is captured in splendid photographs. The text explains about the courtship rituals of the pictured creatures, which reveal the author's deep respect for nature. Interspersed within the text are reminders to protect wildlife habitats in order to preserve this splendid display. The correlation of human dance to animal courtship is drawn. A terrific choice for the nature lover you know.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-``Dance with me! That is what many animals seem to mean when they flap wings, splash tails, and leap high into the air.'' Hirschi pairs reflective comments on mating dances and a few other dancelike behaviors of several animals with full-color photographs of variable quality. Both text and pictures are more expressive and appreciative than informative. Readers are invited to observe and enjoy the animals and also to know that some of them are losing their dancing grounds to humans. The concept is appealing, but the presentation is somewhat halting and elusive. Photographs are not always synchronized with the narrative, causing some confusion. A double-page spread discussion of chickadees, for instance, is accompanied by a wide view of orca whales swimming, fins lined at the water's surface. Two pages picturing masses of monarch butterflies at rest and in flight combine with an enigmatic passage. ``Sometimes you might dance like a butterfly caught in the strongest winds and you might also practice and practice the elegant ballet known as Swan Lake.'' Birds comprise most of the examples, though polar bears, jackrabbits, and a red fox appear briefly. The loosely structured assemblage is a bit rambling and esoteric, but teachers who have enjoyed Hirschi's evocative approach in his many books may find a use for this one.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Mary Harris Veeder
Hirschi picks a visible aspect of animal behavior--the flapping, leaping, soaring, and splashing animal movement that human beings might call dancing. He explains the way such motions are used during courtship, as greeting, and for bonding or defense. Mangelsen provides clear photographs of all the animals discussed, though the ones of birds are the best. Throughout, Hirschi attends to the environmental conditions the animals need to continue their "dances," making the book a possible lead-in to discussions of ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525652045
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.02(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

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