Indigo and her best friend Jade are at the top of their game as the most popular girls in school and the best dancers on the squad. But when Jade is chosen as squad captain, Indigo becomes jealous. And they’re not the only ones on the squad dealing with major drama.
Grace has a great imagination. Her mother and grandmother support her dreams by participating in Grace’s fantasies. At school, when she raises her hand to try out for the lead in the school play, Peter Pan, a boy tells her she can’t get the part because she’s not a boy and a White girl tells her she can’t because she’s Black. Grace imagines that what they say might be true. But her grandmother knows what to do! She takes Grace (in their every-day clothes) to see a ballet starring a Black ballerina. When she returns to school empowered with a stronger identity, Grace aces her audition and gets the lead role.
Cassie, who flew above New York in “Tar Beach,” soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story’s end.
Up and down, to and fro, coo and crow baby, there you go. Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round … All babies love to be lifted, twirled and held in loving arms. Now a rhythmic poem by nineteenth century poet Anne Taylor makes a delightful board book perfect for baby and parent to share. Marjorie van Heerden has captured the energy and joy of this playful text in vivd pastel illustrations full of the soft, gentle motion of dance.
For babies who are responding to music and movement, here’s a playful poem that has father and child dancing lovingly across the pages.