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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 10.
The girls on the cover have curly hair and are wearing fancy costumes--typical for girls step dancing, according to the text by Garofoli. This is a bit of a contrast to the interior pictures that show step dancers in more conservative outfits and with straight hair. The roots of this Irish dance and information about getting started, including the different type of shoes and socks, are all explained. Step dancing really involves the legs and feet because the arms are kept at the dancer's sides. The three main dances are the jig, the reel, and the hornpipe. There are also set dances where prescribed steps are used to the same music and theses dances can get quite complex. Garofoli gives a good introduction and shows the steps in detail, but this is not a book that will really teach you how to dance. Rather it whets the appetite and encourages kids to join dance clubs or groups to learn how to become Irish step dancers. The glossary provides pronunciation and definitions for some of the Irish terms, a couple of books relating to the subject, as well as Fact Hound help to help young readers safely navigate the Internet. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot