Inclusivity. It's kind of my jam. So when a friend showed me a new picture book called Dance Is For Everyone, I maaaaaay have done a little happy dance in the aisle of a Barnes & Noble. (I did. Fully and completely.) Dance Is For Everyone, by Andrea Zuill is a heartwarming, inclusive, and silly tale of what happens to ballet class when an alligator shows up.
In an interesting twist, the alligator (named Tanya) can't communicate with her fellow dancers, she simply mimics the dance moves and pours her big reptile heart into dancing so much that the other dancers and teachers can't help but welcome her into class. The teacher even creates a special role for Tanya in the upcoming performance. You'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens to Tanya, the performance, and her new dance friends, but suffice it say, this happy ending has a lesson that the whole world could use right about now: compassion is key, and when we band together, beautiful things can happen.
What's on your bookshelves this month readers? Will you be picking up a copy of Dance Is For Everyone? If so, let me know what you think! Happy Reading!
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