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In dynamic words and dramatic pictures, Earthdance invites young readers to become not just part of the earth, but Earth itself.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Oct 15, 2011 Relyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Relyn by: Katie Wood Ray
Yuck. Our excellent school librarian ordered this for me when I read in a teaching resource book that this one would be great for teaching writing. I appreciate her doing it, but ICK what a book. The idea is that the book is written from the Earth's perspective. But, the prose reads as overblown and the artwork is icky. It reminds me of a book they would have read to us in the 70s in elementary school on Earth day.
This book was colorful and imaginative, and I enjoyed the illustrations. I think this book would work well as a kinesthetic activity for preschoolers to do on Earth Day. If I were leading a storytime based on this book, I would have children perform the dance that is described by the author.
Feb 01, 2011 Cheryl rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Guided imagery while exercising the imagination. The illustrations are cheerful and supportive of the poetry.
Joanna Ryder is an award-winning author whose books offer a unique blend of poetry and science. Her innovative Just for a Day series invites children into the world of wild animals, ranging from a sea otter to Tyrannosaurus rex. Ms. Ryder says, "Children know that my books often ask them to imagine being a different creature. So they always ask me which animal I would choose to be. I'd be a flying...moreMore about Joanne Ryder...