Cover image for Frances Dean who loved to dance and dance
Title:
Frances Dean who loved to dance and dance
Author:
Sif, Birgitta.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
Frances Dean loves to dance. She feels the wind and she dances. She hears singing birds and she dances. In her every waking moment, she is inspired to move. But as soon as anyone is around, Frances Dean's knees begin to tremble, butterflies start to flutter in her tummy, and she forgets how to dance. Will she ever find the courage to share her talent with others and feel free?
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780763673062
Format :
Book

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From the award-winning author of Oliver comes a book that glows from the inside out, a book that will move you to be yourself -- and get dancing.

Frances Dean loves to dance. She feels the wind and she dances. She hears singing birds and she dances. In her every waking moment, she is inspired to move. But as soon as anyone is around, Frances Dean's knees begin to tremble, butterflies start to flutter in her tummy, and she forgets how to dance. Will she ever find the courage to share her talent with others and feel free?


Author Notes

Birgitta Sif studied art and design in the United States and worked as a children's book designer before moving to England to study illustration. Her debut picture book, Oliver, won Iceland's Dimmalimm Award and was endorsed by Amnesty International U.K., which stated: "It reminds us that we are all born free and equal, and we all have our own thoughts and opinions." Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Birgitta Sif lives with her family in Sweden.


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Booklist Review

Frances Dean is compelled to caper; a gentle breeze or singing birds are reasons enough to dance. And so she does, with abandon and exuberance, but only when she is sure no one else is around. If people are nearby, she feels they're watching her, loses confidence, and stops dancing. Her feathered friends, who miss seeing the child frolic, take her to hear a younger girl blissfully singing her heart out. Frances Dean admires the way the girl had shared her beautiful song. Awakening the next day, Frances feels emboldened and decides to resume her dancing. Charming pencil illustrations, colored digitally, in a variety of double-page spreads and small vignettes, are filled with lively action. There are two slips in logic: Frances Dean is shown in the first spread dancing in the park near eight people who could potentially watch her. And the singing girl, whom Frances idolizes, is vocalizing to a flock of birds with no people around at all. Quibbles aside, children will applaud the girl's hopeful decision to act on what brings her joy.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Frances Dean adores dancing so much that she even makes her fingers "dance" on her desktop at school. It's only when she's alone, though, that she indulges herself in her joy for leaping and twirling. When she's around others, she loses her self-assurance. However, when the birds show her a little girl who is singing a lovely song all to herself, Frances Dean is struck by the beauty of the girl's voice. Inspired by how much she enjoyed the experience, she decides that maybe she, too, can bring a little extra something into others' lives by sharing her love of dance. The text is so spare that it's more poetry than prose, and its understated presence allows the artwork to shine. The pages are filled with warm, earth-toned illustrations of adorable woodland creatures, inviting outdoor settings, and the endearing expressions of Frances Dean as she contemplates revealing what makes her so very happy. This sweet, simple book is an utterly charming reminder that giving the best parts of ourselves enriches the world around us.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.