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Wednesday 2 October 2013

Review: Dance Like a Pirate

Can you dance like a pirate? Leap like a dancer? Tiptoe like a fairy or stomp like a dragon? Tots can do all this and more in this romp through a variety of dynamic movement.

I love the effulgence of Stephanie Owen Reeder's work, and Dance Like a Pirate is no exception. This bright and lively book, with a study cover and thick glossy pages, features a series of boy/girl duos, dancing, spinning, leaping and having a whole lot of fun.

Rhyming text on each left hand page is perfect for reading aloud in group settings, with a right hand page flap that opens to reveal one of the children in full flight. I loved lifting the flap each time to see what the kids were up to.

Owen Reeder has a deep understanding of the dynamics of small children. This book will not only engage them visually, it will stimulate their vocabulary and encourage them to leap up, wriggle and move, honing not only their fitness, but their spatial awareness.

Dance Like a Pirate would be priceless for childcare and early childhood centres, libraries and schools, but would be equally enjoyable at home. Just be sure to clear the furniture!

The author's whimsical, richly-coloured illustrations are coupled with vivid background colours, resulting in yet another beautiful NLA production for young kids.

Title: Dance Like a Pirate
Author/Illustrator: Stephanie Owen Reeder
Publisher: National Library Publishing, $17.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2013
Format: Firm cover
ISBN: 9780642277794
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book