How Do You Dance?
A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of FraidyzooThere are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you’re happy or even because you’re sad. But, what’s the best way to dance? Exactly how you want to!In How Do You Dance?, author-illustrator Thyra Heder explores dance in all of its creativity, humor, and—most of all—joy, in a picture-book celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving.

How Do You Dance? Details

TitleHow Do You Dance?
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
ISBN-139781419734182
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Storytime

How Do You Dance? Review

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    Author/illustrator Thyra Heder explores the joy of movement and dance in this newest picture-book, depicting a variety of children and adults getting into the groove and performing their moves, all while a stubborn little boy insists that he doesn't want to join in. The narrative, and the characters on the page, try to get him to relent, but he resists until the very end of the book...Having greatly enjoyed many of Heder's previous books, especially The Bear Report and Alfie: (The Turtle That Author/illustrator Thyra Heder explores the joy of movement and dance in this newest picture-book, depicting a variety of children and adults getting into the groove and performing their moves, all while a stubborn little boy insists that he doesn't want to join in. The narrative, and the characters on the page, try to get him to relent, but he resists until the very end of the book...Having greatly enjoyed many of Heder's previous books, especially The Bear Report and Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) , I picked up How Do You Dance? with a pleasant feeling of anticipation. As I expected, the pencil and watercolor artwork is absolutely delightful, perfectly capturing the fun of dancing, and the sense of vitality and movement of the diverse dancers. The narrative is clearly meant to encourage children to move and dance, without worry about doing things the "right" way, and although it is not really a story, it is engaging. The ending, in which the boy (view spoiler)[does dance, but by himself (hide spoiler)], is a nice touch as well. Recommended to fans of Heder's illustrations, and to anyone looking for picture-books to encourage young dancers.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Let's get weird indeed! I am so into this!! It's nice to see a book that recognizes that sometimes you just need to flop around and encourages you to do just that.
  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    So fun! I will have to try this for a listen & move storytime.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    "Let it get weird." What a fun and encouraging book. And the 'try something new' spread has to make for a storytime hit. How could it not?!Highly recommended.
  • Emily Masters
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait to read and wiggle with my littles with this one!!
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Childrens Picture Book. This book is so fun, with people of all ages and skin tones showing how they bust a move. There is no wrong way to dance, just get your body moving! The characters in this book beckon, bop, flit, scrunch, and even poot as they encourage dancing for the fun of it. The stubborn character adds a bit of humor as he resists any encouragement to join in the fun. I can imagine this to be fun for a read aloud for preschool or early elementary, but only if there's time for the chi Childrens Picture Book. This book is so fun, with people of all ages and skin tones showing how they bust a move. There is no wrong way to dance, just get your body moving! The characters in this book beckon, bop, flit, scrunch, and even poot as they encourage dancing for the fun of it. The stubborn character adds a bit of humor as he resists any encouragement to join in the fun. I can imagine this to be fun for a read aloud for preschool or early elementary, but only if there's time for the children to dance!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Love the exploration of how so many people dance. The unseen narrator encourages the young boy to dance too though he insists he doesn't dance. Eventually, readers see him dance alone in his room.Heder celebrates movement of all sorts to celebrate, heal, encourage, cheer up, etc. in all types of situations. Definitely diverse people throughout the book.
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  • Krissy Neddo
    January 1, 1970
    Liked Alfie, but love this one. What a diverse cast of characters- the dancing janitor was hilarious. Perfect for PE and music teachers and a library storytime. The dialogue with the non-dancing boy adds an element to make it more of a story and not just a book with pictures and words saying to just dance like this or like that. Ages 2-8.
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  • Miss Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifullly illustrated. Great book for a story time. Wonderful story extension ideas with this book too. In the middle of the book there is a centerfold of various fun new dance moves to try out. I think all ages would love this book. Dance! Like no one is watching!!! Read it, you will love it.
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    There are all kinds of ways to dance and this spirited book encourages readers to move and groove in any way they choose. This is a wacky, weird celebration of dance with expressive illustrations that have fun details to notice. This would be a fun family read to encourage movement and expression.
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  • Molly Cluff (Library!)
    January 1, 1970
    The way the illustrator captured the physicality of all the different dance moves and expressions is super impressive. And wow, many super unique kinds of people and silly dads. I really enjoyed this--it's a super easy book to use to get kids moving.
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  • Taylor Kundel-Gower
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable illustrations and super funny! But, as someone who hates dancing, that little boy is valid.
  • Clementine
    January 1, 1970
    loved this one.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I love the message, I love the illustrations, I giggled out loud multiple times. I love everything about this book. Just like dancing, it's pure joy!
  • Anjanette
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE it!!!!!!Sensory and Yoga story time approved!!!!
  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    To all those who will dance any way and any where, but also for those who prefer to dance alone.
  • KDV
    January 1, 1970
    This is so good and the illustrations are perfect! I like all the different kinds of people and bodies AND dance moves. I will definitely be using this at storytime.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Really cute, fun story about dancing. Lovely illustrations. This could be used as a read-aloud and segue into a dance party!
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Simple text with beautiful illustrations expressing individuality with each character. This is a must picture book for all the little wigglers out there who like to boogie to any beat!
  • The Queue
    January 1, 1970
    Fun story line, fantastic illustrations &, of course, great dancing! 🕺
  • Linda Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    hmmm--some combination and not always the same.
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    Add this title to your story time library and to get kids moving about.
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