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Dance Like A Flamingo

Authored by Moira Butterfield
Illustrated by Claudia Boldt
Published by Welbeck Publishing

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Dance like a Flamingo :Move and Groove like the Animals Do! is a cheerful, original and carefree read written by Moira Butterfield. Each spread invites you to learn a little about an animal and then try and become them (in some way!).

I love the variety of animals celebrated in the book. It opens up paths to learn about different parts of the world,  continents and climates. It would work along side a map book such as the Atlas of Animal Adventures from Wide Eyed Editions. Butterfield has written extensively about animals and different places including the City Trails for Lonely Planet Kids and a super new series entitled Look What I Found….

The beautiful illustrations in this title give the animals character…for example, the penguins who slip and slide look like they’re wearing tail suits ready to dance like Fred Astaire. The flamingoes are wonderfully depicted – I am tempted to take their dance further and create a Flamingo Flamenco!

The contents page gives structure to the carefree nature of the text. For young readers, this is a lovely and easy-going way to introduce the formality of a contents page and develop information literacy skills and searching techniques.

This is a wonderful text that celebrates difference, cultures and heritage through some wonderfully silly movements that will have sure-fire appeal to a young audience.