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Leap and Twirl by Steven Anderson, Sarah DeAnguelo Hout

Follow Leap and Twirl, a silly frog and a lovable squirrel, as they learn about friendship, creativity, self expression and the joy of exercise through dance in the new book, Leap and Twirl. With its whimsical story and fun, colorful artwork Leap and Twirl reminds kids that every day is a day to learn and to dance.

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ISBN-13: 9780692016671
Publisher: Ballet Metropolitan, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 1 - 6 Years

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Laura Batt

BalletMet's new book Leap and Twirl is a delightful read. It celebrates the joy of dance and the love kids have for dancing. Leap and Twirl are a frog and a squirrel respectively who love to dance; each day in school, they ask if it's time to dance yet. Kids will be able to relate to being excited about something, but being told it's not time yet. Finally Leap and Twirl learn that every day is a good day to dance! This book is bound to get kids up and moving, right along with Leap and Twirl and their friends. The vibrant colors really pop out and the cheerful illustrations evoke movement, especially when the animals make themselves into shapes. Kids will enjoy naming the shapes the animals make themselves into.

The illustrator, Sarah DeAngulo Hout, is a local artist whose fantastic work is also on display in the Center For Discovery at the Main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Another nice touch is when the animals go to BalletMet. The local aspect of this will be exciting to kids and parents alike. The BalletMet studios might be a familiar sight for them, or if not, it would be a quick car ride to see it. It's not often a child sees a landmark in a book that is actually in their own city. For kids who take lessons there, this will be especially exciting. This book is a great addition to other books on ballet, such as the Angelina Ballerina series and Rachel Isadora's ballet books. Kids who love ballet or want to learn more about it should definitely check out these books. It would be nice to see a sequel to Leap and Twirl so we can find out what the frog and squirrel and all their friends are up to. Surely they are still dancing…after all; every day is a good day to dance!
—Laura Batt, Librarian I, Center for Discovery, Columbus Metropolitan Library

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