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How Do You Dance?

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of Fraidyzoo

There 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 t
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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La Coccinelle
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is more of a concept book than a story, but it's still adorable. How Do You Dance? is packed full of dancing humans of all kinds, diverse in size, shape, colour, and ability. There are dancing kids and dancing dads, dancing janitors and dancing construction workers... and even dancing dinosaurs!

The illustrations really make this book. They're so exuberant that they showcase the joy of movement that can be felt all through the pages.

There's no wrong way to dance. Just move and dance the way that makes you happy. That's rea
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thyra Heder Fans / Anyone Looking for Picture-Books to Encourage Young Dancers
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 Turtl
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pure joy! Perfection!
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO CUTE! Perfect for a music and movement program!
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.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So fun! I will have to try this for a listen & move storytime.
Eboni Cook
Oct 29, 2019 added it
Shelves: week-2
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Wonderful book that includes picture of different dance moves. I would read this book to my class during morning meeting to give them a variety of different dance moves to use in the classrooms. With such a variety of dance moves from a diverse group of people illustrated in the book , would help the students feel more comfortable and confident while dancing. I would use dance as a way to transition students from center to center, and also for a variety of
Krissy Neddo
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait to read and wiggle with my littles with this one!!
FM Family
I loved Fraidyzoo and wanted to like this one more because I'm a fan of Thyra Heder and was looking for a book about dance. But I think the reason it's so hard to find a book about dance, is because it's not easy to translate onto the page. This book was helpful in engaging with my presently stubborn 2 year old about trying things in a different way (like dancing) and not being so focussed on why she DOESN'T want to do something - although it was ultimately unsuccessful, she still refused to dan ...more
The Library Lady
As someone who has been a bad ballerina for 20+ years, as someone who incorporates dance into my programs every chance I get, as someone who has done a "Nutcracker" story time (with dance) for years, I should love this book. But I don't.

It's like a badly choreographed dance to me. The enthusiasm is there, but somehow it just doesn't fit the music. It's off rhythm. I cannot imagine reading it to a group, and I'm not even sure it will work with individual kids.

And the art i
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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 ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you beckon, bop, flit or scrunch? Lively watercolors and rhythmic words encourage movement while making it clear - there is no one way to dance. Step-by-step instructions and lots of amusing examples ensure that even the most reluctant dancer will join in. A fun family book or a great one to read aloud to a class. Diverse illustrations showcase myriad age-groups, personalities, body-types, genders and ethnicities.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
An active book, yes illustrations that depict all ages and all ethnicities is some form of movement. In the present sedentary life style this is a title to encourage movement. There is one young boy who doesn’t dance, but will be finally? Definitely an urban setting, but all people where ever they live dance, perhaps a suburban and or a rural version will come along.
Alex Onslow
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grade: K-5

SUPER CUTE book!! I loved this so much! It was such a fun read. How do you dance? the book has some awesome illustrations showing that everyone has different beliefs of what dance is, but they also have DIVERSE ways of dancing. This includes, size, shape, color, ability, experience, height, weight, job, etc. The book shows all these people and animals interpreting dance in their own ways. The illustrations are really what makes this book so entertaining and cute. You can ju
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I really enjoyed this book. The images are extremely colorful and vivid. Also, this could be an awesome book for artists who want to practice drawing bodies (obviously it's wrong to out-right copy someone's artwork, but it's good practice to do for creating new characters). None of the characters drawn are stiff.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Enchanting picture book celebrating dance. I loved the mix of kids and grownups and the diverse bodies shown finding joy in individual expression through movement. Reads aloud beautifully, may work well for story times. Highly recommended for ages 4-8 and anyone who loves to waltz with a mop or flop around until they feel better.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Miss Kelly
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightful celebration of movement and dancing. All kinds of people, all kinds of dance, for all kinds of reasons. The illustrations capture the motion and the words express the onomatopoeia of it all.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really fun little book. All kinds of people dancing any way they can.

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Possible use in a dance storytime, though the pictures are small and somewhat intricate. May be too long, but could work in a storytime where the focus is on getting kids moving.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
super cute book that actually makes ME feel more confident about my own dancing ("just move a part. Then move another. Let it get weird. See where it goes.") Excellent diversity in race, age, ability and willingness to dance in public places. :)
Abby Johnson
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.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Heder's, both Bear Report and Alfie were fantastic. This book is different than those, but is a star in its own right. A celebration of dance and being yourself, it will bring a smile to your face!
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Queue
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun story line, fantastic illustrations &, of course, great dancing! 🕺
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