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Author Patricia McMahon takes us backstage with the Dancing Wheels dance company and into the lives of two young dancers — Jenny, a “sit-down” dancer, and her partner Devin, a “stand-up” dancer. She also introduces readers to the woman who founded the company, Mary Verdi-Fletcher. Mary was born with spina bifida but always dreamed of becoming a dancer. When she grew up, sh ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 28th 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 29, 2014 Miss Balzaretti rated it 2 of 5 stars
The book, Dancing Wheels, tells the story of a dance company that incorporates dancers in wheelchairs and those who can stand. The book introduces Mary, who is the creator of the dance company, and her journey to becoming a dancer while being in a wheelchair. The book takes you through the process of a dance group from their summer workshop, preparing a dance number, and then performing it in a bigger production in the fall. The book interviews many child dancers in the group and incorporates a ...more
Just because there are people in this world that cannot walk, does not mean they don't have the same opportunities to do the things everyone else in the world does. Take dancing for example. You may think, well if you can't walk, you can't dance. That is what everyone told Mary Verdi- Fletcher when she said she was going to dance some day. They didn't believe her, but Im sure when they read this book they will be blown away. This book is about a women who was confined to a wheel chair her whole ...more
Since I do ballet, I really found this book enjoyable. It was very informative on the subject of dance as a whole, and also on the topic of different kind of dancers such as "sit down" dancers who dance from wheel chairs. I think this book is great inspiration for those with physical limitations, and also brings awareness to children that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. This is a wonderful book to teach about dance as well as accepting those who are different. It would be a ...more