Friday, 11 November 2016

Dance With Me by Penny Harrison and Gwynneth Jones (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

 October 2016, Exisle Publishing, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Summary from Exisle
A ballerina in a music box loves nothing more than to dance. Her days are filled with joy as she dances for her little girl owner, and also pops out of her box for some extra fun and excitement when the little girl isn’t looking! But when her owner grows up and isn’t a little girl anymore, who will dance with the ballerina then?

Nayu's thoughts
This is an adorable girly read! Everything is cute yet sophisticated, there's lots of pinks and purples and a great deal of imagination especially with the turtle and leopard which the ballerina runs into. I love how adventurous she is, she is determined to find someone who loves dance as much as the girl who used to play with her. I like how happy the ballerina looks as she leaps about, as she comes face to face with danger and eventually fonds happiness. 

The sentiment behind the story seems to explain well how we can love an object for ages, but eventually drift away from it. It doesn't mean it has to be thrown away, it can be given a new home where someone will love it just as much as we once did. I felt sad for the years the ballerina was asleep, she was a little like sleeping beauty only the world kept going while she slept. The magic of the world the ballerina sees feels infectious and I'm sure readers will imagine wonder what their own toys get up to when they aren't playing with them. 

Find out more on Penny's website and Gwynneth's website.

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