Monday, October 29, 2012

Read & Romp Roundup -- October 2012

The rain is picking up, the wind is starting to howl, and I'm bound and determined to get this month's Read & Romp Roundup posted before the power goes out! I hope everyone along the East Coast stays safe and warm over the next couple of days. And wherever you are, if and when you have access to the Internet, I hope you'll enjoy the roundup...

When a reader wrote to Maria from Maria's Movers to see if she had any movement ideas to go along with the picture book Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden, Maria was up for the challenge. Here she provides three ideas to try with preschoolers. My favorite is having all the dancers make a class pumpkin together...using their bodies!

At Picture-Book-a-Day, Amy shares her review of Josephine Wants to Dance. Created by Australian duo Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, it's no surprise that the book is about a dancing kangaroo! Read Amy's post for more about the book and links to great supplemental material!

Amy also features two more picture books -- both by Vincent X. Kirsch -- that contain elements of dance. The first -- The Chandeliers -- is about a family of performing giraffes. The second -- Forsythia and Me -- is about two best friends Chester and Forsythia. Chester thinks Forsythia is amazing because she does things like perform with the ballet, so Chester needs to find a way to prove he can be a great friend, too!

I'm so happy that Nichelle from Dance Advantage also joined the roundup this month with two posts. The first contains reviews of The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories and The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories. Both are written by the legendary Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple, and both are accompanied by gorgeous illustrations to go along with the storybook text for children and adults.

Nichelle's second post is a list of nine picture book biographies about dance. Isadora Duncan, Alvin Ailey, and Jose Limon are the three modern dancers and choreographers on the list, but there are also ballet dancers, tap dancers, and ballroom dancers. I love picture book biographies, and I love this list because it is all about dance. Thanks, Nichelle!

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