Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: Let's Dance by Valerie Bolling

MARCH 3rd!!!

by Valerie Bolling
Illustrated by Maine Diaz
Boyds Mills Press
Picture Book 
32 pages
ages 3 to 7

This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away!

Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With musical, rhyming text, author Valerie Bolling shines a spotlight on dances from across the globe, while energetic art from Maine Diaz shows off all the moves and the diverse people who do them. From the cha cha of Cuba to the stepping of Ireland, kids will want to leap, dip, and zip along with the dances on the page!


Get ready for energy and excitement because these pages are chucked full of just that!

Every page celebrates dance from every corner of the globe. From Cuba to Ireland and around the world, dance has everyone tapping their toes, clicking their heels and snapping fingers with contagious energy. Each culture displays a different background and dance form. And this even reaches across time and religion. But one thing is always clear—dance is fun no matter where you're from or what dance you do. It's simply a great and joyful activity.

The text is kept very simple with just a few words of action like snippity snap. These invite and flow right along with the bright and gleeful illustrations of kids dancing a certain style. Not only do the characters, their clothing and their poses fit perfectly, but the surrounding backgrounds also add the right amount of cultural flavor...and help young listeners guess what the dance might be and where it might come from. At the end of the book, each dance form is quickly revealed along with a very short and easy to understand explanation surrounding it.

This will make a great read-aloud for groups as well as at home. And the illustrations even make it tons of fun to flip through and discover the different dances again and again. It's definitely a read that will leave a smile on the face and good feelings flowing...and maybe even a few feet itching to dance right along.

And here she is...

Valerie Bolling has been an educator for over 25 years and a writer since age 4. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College and currently works as an Instructional Coach with middle and high school teachers.

In addition to writing picture books, Valerie writes a Monthly Memo for teachers that she publishes on Twitter, and she has been published in The National Writing Project’s Quarterly (“The Family Writing Project Builds a Learning Community in Connecticut”) and NESCBWI News (“Microaggressions Don’t Feel ‘Micro’”). Recently, she had a poem accepted for publication by Cricket Media. 

Valerie is a member of NCTE, SCBWI, the NESCBWI Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Authors Guild, the WNDB Mentorship Program, #12X12PB, 2020 Diverse Debuts, 20/20 Vision Picture Books, and a picture book critique group.

Valerie and her husband live in Connecticut and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, going to the theater, and dancing.

The book is available on IndieboundAmazon, and Barnes & Noble. 

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