|Frances Dean who loved to dance and dance|
Author: Sif, Birgitta
Frances Dean loves to dance. She feels the wind and she dances. She hears singing birds and she dances. In her every waking moment, she is inspired to move. But as soon as anyone is around, Frances Dean's knees begin to tremble, butterflies start to flutter in her tummy, and she forgets how to dance. Will she ever find the courage to share her talent with others and feel free?
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 168693
School Library Journal (00/10/14)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 K-Gr 2—Frances Dean adores dancing so much that she even makes her fingers "dance" on her desktop at school. It's only when she's alone, though, that she indulges herself in her joy for leaping and twirling. When she's around others, she loses her self-assurance. However, when the birds show her a little girl who is singing a lovely song all to herself, Frances Dean is struck by the beauty of the girl's voice. Inspired by how much she enjoyed the experience, she decides that maybe she, too, can bring a little extra something into others' lives by sharing her love of dance. The text is so spare that it's more poetry than prose, and its understated presence allows the artwork to shine. The pages are filled with warm, earth-toned illustrations of adorable woodland creatures, inviting outdoor settings, and the endearing expressions of Frances Dean as she contemplates revealing what makes her so very happy. This sweet, simple book is an utterly charming reminder that giving the best parts of ourselves enriches the world around us.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.