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Award-winning children's author Elizabeth Winthrop shows kids what can happen if they follow their hearts and believe in themselves in her newest picture book, Dumpy La Rue. Dumpy is a free-spirited pig who refuses to be limited by what others say he can do. Despite being told by his family that pigs -- particularly boy pigs -- don't dance, Dumpy frolics and cavorts to his heart's content, quite literally marching to the beat of a different drummer. Though none of the other barnyard animals can hear the music in Dumpy's head, his enthusiasm and abandon quickly prove contagious. And suddenly all sorts of animals that aren't supposed to dance are swinging, shimmying, and shuffling with delight.
While the rest of the pig family initially display embarrassment over Dumpy's refusal to behave like a "proper" pig, they soon get caught up in the fun as well, throwing off their stereotypes and giving in to their inner voices. Winthrop's rhyming prose possesses a wonderful rhythm all its own, and the free-wheeling watercolor illustrations of Betsy Lewin add just the right amount of motion and pizzazz. Following along as Dumpy goes from spectacle to spectacular will encourage young readers to experience the joys of their own free expression and discover the rewards that can come from following their hearts' desires. (Beth Amos)