Dance Like a Leaf arrived recently and I am head over heels! The poetic descriptions by A.J. Irving and rich illustrations by Claudia Navarro are almost too much for me. This tale of relationship, loss, and celebrating memories touches your heart and stirs up all the feels. The sensory images of sipping tea, wearing scarves, and dancing like leaves capture the closeness between a little girl and her grandmother. It is a precious introduction to talk about the difficult topic of death with young children, but also how we might honor our loved ones and celebrate their memory. Recommended for ages 4-8 years. Available from independent publisher of the most gorgeous books,
I have been thinking about my grandmothers and know I’m lucky to have been close to them all. I especially cherish spending the last chapters of my Grandma Pat’s 100 years getting to visit each week. I remember red lipstick, smoky afghans, white carpets, the clip, clip, clip of coupons, orange fish swimming on the walls, and the most joyful laugh I think I’ve ever heard. Angie, Virginia, Patricia, you are the angels I summon when I need a light to find my way.
Dance Like a Leaf will touch all who read it, and how lovely to have it available in Spanish and French editions. Thank you, Barefoot Books!
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I am a mom to two sweet and lively boys and live in Santa Barbara, California. My oldest has Cornelia deLange Syndrome. He fuels my passion for advocating for equity and inclusion wherever I go. I love the power of a good story to inspire, educate, and make change in our world.