Book Title: Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Vinal Publishing
Release date: December 8, 2020
Format available for review: print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet, but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and encourages little ones to go for their dreams.
Dragons don’t dance ballet is a picture book for young children and yet the message it tries to put across is meant for everyone, children and adults alike. The message is to rise above one’s body image expectations and not let them come in the way of achieving our dreams.
From a broader perspective, this book is inspiring in terms of overcoming our self-doubt when it comes to our capabilities or the pre-conceived limiting notions that being of a certain kind, whether it is about our gender or about our body type or about our race or about our situations and circumstances in life, we cannot achieve something although we have it in our hearts burning like fire.
As much the story of Esmeralda, the dragon, is about her perseverance and self-belief, it also touches upon the value of having strong support in a friend, Harold, who motivates her and pushes her to go after her dream and make it come true. All of us need a friend like that and, at the same time, also need to be a friend like that to someone.
The illustrations are superbly cute and go very well with the flow of the story. Esmeralda looks especially adorable. The story is quite entertaining for the children with funny bits shown through the illustrations. The children are surely going to enjoy reading this book or having it read aloud to them by the parent or carer.
This book will make a wonderful gift for the little ones.
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Meet the Author:
Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com.
Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.
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