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Dance Is for Everyone Hardcover – Picture Book, 4 April 2017

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“The students in Mrs. Iraina’s dance class are surprised to be joined by an unexpected visitor. They invite her to stay, because ‘who would be brave enough to tell a 450-pound alligator she couldn’t?” In this sweet, humorous story about acceptance, Mrs. Iraina and the class display common sense, quick thinking, and good humor. They get a supply of Alligator Chow to prevent any inappropriate snacking and devise special choreography to showcase their new friend’s talents. The class, three girls and a boy, delight in dressing as a duck, a turtle, a frog, and a raccoon for their production of an original ballet, The Legend of the Swamp Queen. The alligator disappears as suddenly as she arrived, but weeks later a special map is delivered, with an invitation for the class to attend a dance performance put on by . . . an actual duck, turtle, frog, raccoon, and a whole alligator family! Bright cartoon-style illustrations, detailed with black outlines and complete with comically expressive faces and gestures, perfectly suit the humorous premise.” —Booklist 

“When Mrs. Iraina’s ballet class gets an unexpected newcomer—an alligator—the diverse cast of students are surprised but decide to welcome her. They begin to affectionately refer to her as Tanya, after a famous ballerina, but her large tail quickly becomes a problem during practice. Together the students come up with a brand-new dance that showcases Tanya and her wild tail. The dance is a huge success at the recital, and Tanya happily returns to the wild, where she continues to dance with her animal friends. The illustrations are stylized and quirky, and the plot is engaging, with jokes that adults will appreciate peppered throughout. The narrative conveys the story’s message of inclusion in a subtle manner, but the book’s title makes this important theme abundantly clear. VERDICT A fun read-aloud and a welcome addition to medium and large collections, best shared one-on-one or in a small group setting.” —School Library Journal

“Enthusiastic new student Tanya--who happens to be an alligator—joins Mrs. Iraina's ballet class. After her show-stopping debut in the original ballet The Legend of the Swamp Queen, Tanya invites her classmates to a special encore performance. Spare text and illustrations starring a surprisingly endearing alligator make for a sweet, funny celebration of inclusiveness and dedication to dance.” —Horn Book

About the Author

Andrea Zuill’s work shows in galleries in California, Texas, and New York. It has exhibited in the San Diego Museum of Art and the Brand Library gallery, where she won the Disney Imagineering award. A member of the SCBWI, she won the 2010 SCBWI Mentorship award. She is the author of Wolf Camp (Schwartz & Wade), and she lives in the San Diego area.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sterling Children's Books; Illustrated edition (4 April 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1454921145
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1454921141
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 431 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.23 x 0.64 x 28.58 cm
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Andrea Zuill is a writer/illustrator of children's books. She was born Bakersfield, CA and moved to the San Diego area when she married. For 20 years she was a graphic artist and at the same time Andrea created oil paintings. Her quirky figurative paintings have been exhibited in California, Texas and New York. In 2006 she started creating prints of funny and whimsical characters which led to her start in children’s books.

Andrea's debut book,Wolf Camp, was created with Schwartz & Wade.

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