Cover image for Dance
Jones, Bill T.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1998]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Introduces basic concepts of dance through poetic text and photographs.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 26324 Guided reading level: D.
Added Author:

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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library GV1596.5 .J66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Orchard Park Library GV1596.5 .J66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library GV1596.5 .J66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Introduces basic concepts of dance through poetic text and photographs.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. Photographer Kuklin captures images of dancer/choreographer Jones as he illustrates his art. This unusual picture book expresses the dancer's feelings about dance through its brief, cogent text and clear, simple photographs. Isolating the figure of Jones against a white background, the page design is as clean, spare, and complete as the words. For example, "When I am dancing, I can fly high / and soar through the air," says the text on one double-page spread, as three images show Jones in flight across the pages. In a sense, this is a natural as a gift book for dancers, but libraries where the dance shelf groans under the weight of pink tutus may want to broaden children's horizons with a book featuring a male, African American dancer/choreographer of Jones' talents and stature. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-The renowned performer and choreographer shares his deep love for dance and movement in this poignant photo-essay. The text is brief and to the point. "I am a dancer. I want to dance." Colorful close-ups of his hands and feet contrast with full-body shots, all set against a stark, white background. Jones's simple attire accentuates his remarkable agility and grace. He warms up, creates images of lines and curves, flies high, hugs the ground, and reflects upon his characterization and immense joy in performing. The placement and sequencing of his poses work exceptionally well to convey the excitement and many moods of dance. Use for picture-book hours, programs introducing dance, and any opportunity to share a beautiful book with children.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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