Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Olivia Dances for Joy by Natalie Shaw - OPTIONAL

Shaw, Natalie  Olivia Dances for Joy  Simon Spotlight, 2012.  $16.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G  

Olivia the pig wants to join a dance contest with her friends.  In order to be in the contest there has to be nine dancers, so Olivia goes around and recruits the mailman, a fireman and her grandmother along with her other friends.  They have a problem though because none of them dance alike.  After getting frustrated that they couldn’t dance the same, Olivia’s grandmother reminds Olivia to let everyone dance the way that gives them joy.  The dance team goes to the competition and everyone has a moment of spotlight and they win the competition.  

I love Olivia books because of the good lessons Olivia learns, my kids like Olivia too, but this story was not my favorite.  I thought it was a good idea to have the dancers recognize that they all danced different, but to have them win the contest as a team seemed unbelievable and diminished the importance of them dancing as individuals.  Also, the way this book was bound I don’t think it would hold up in a library with a lot of use because the pages are heavier cardstock and they are glued together, so they come apart easily.  

PRE-K, EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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