From School Gym To Theater Stage
By: George Ancona
Publisher: Candlewick, 2017
Age Level: 5-8 years
Four energetic boys as they train for and take the stage in a community dance performance celebrating classic kids’ books.
Can you emote like an angry pirate from Treasure Island — and even act out a fake swordfight? When four boys join their schools’ dance teams, that’s just one of the numbers being rehearsed for a performance directed by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, inspired by favorite books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Where the Wild Things Are, The Thousand and One Nights, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Trailing the four enthusiastic dancers is photographer George Ancona, whose copious images capture the infectious spirit of the boys as they learn to dance, act, sing, leap, pretend-fight, change costumes, work hard, and above all, have fun, together with vivacious boys and girls from many other schools.
This is an enjoyable introduction to the world of dance that portrays dance as a diverse art form and capable means of expression for all children.
A warm tribute to the tremendous effort, dedication, and collaborative spirit needed to put together a multischool performance.
The dances are athletic and fun, allowing the boys to pretend to be pirates, monsters, and more. The straightforward text features moments that will be relatable for most readers..Consider where dance and theater performance are popular.
—School Library Journal