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Publishers Weekly
The mother-daughter team behind The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories retells eight folktales featuring traditional dances. A young shepherd finds that animals and humans alike are compelled to flamenco dance when he plays a mysterious flute; Tam O'Shanter is pursued by witches he witnesses dancing a Scottish reel, in a reworking of the Robert Burns poem; a Malian dancing girl falls in love with her suitor when he is transformed into a bird. Cann's textile patterns, ornamental lines, and watercolor washes complement the vibrant stories, which are refreshingly free of prescribed morals. Appended notes describe the steps for each dance, and a narrative CD is included. Ages 8–up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–5—Anansi, witches, gods, goddesses, and fairies inhabit these adventurous, mysterious, and fanciful stories that capture the magical power of dance. In the lighthearted story of "The Shepherd's Flute," even the sheep and the herding dog execute a joyful flamenco that is caught in charmingly humorous illustrations. From 12 waltzing princesses to the belly dancing Isis, the broad spectrum of the moods and movements of dance is highlighted. Malian dance, the polka, Japanese Noh dancing, and Scottish Reels are also spotlighted. The bright watercolor and mixed-media illustrations with stylized backgrounds feature sweeping curves and patterns that swirl as if dancing across the page, as dynamic and graceful characters engage in their activities. Additional information about the various dances is available in the endnotes. With all of the recent popularity of dance, these ageless tales may get readers "moving to the beat."—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Princesses, birds celestial and enchanted, trickster gods, sheep, birch fairies, goddesses and witches from Europe, the British Isles, Japan, Africa, the West Indies and ancient Egypt all dance in this attractive collection of eight tales. They perform waltzes, polkas and reels, the limbo, flamenco and belly dancing, stylized Noh and Malian funeral ceremonial dancing. Stories range from the familiar "Twelve Dancing Princesses" from Germany to "When the Goddess Danced" from ancient Egypt. Each story is introduced with a couple of paragraphs incorporated into the multipage table of contents, and at the end of the book, there's a how-to on the dances and information on what costumes are worn. The accompanying CD, read beautifully by British actress Juliet Stevenson, has a brief musical introduction to each story that helps set the mood. The watercolor illustrations swirl about in appropriately Terpsichorean fashion. A useful collection for reading aloud and for adding flavor to musical programs and national studies. The bibliography includes many websites. Step lively! (Folktales. 7-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846862199
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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