Praise and Reviews
"... Ray’s brief text lyrically sings of the beauties of dance and nature. Stringer’s lush acrylic paintings depict the forest in sumptuous shades of sunshine yellow and emerald green, the girl and deer each captured in swirling scenes of graceful movement. Vignettes in the ballet studio, painted against a white background, skillfully show young students intently practicing. How wonderful to connect the structured world of ballet with the free-form world of an animal at play. An ode to joyous dance. "
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"...Ray's evocative text has a subtle message about listening to the music in your heart. On the page, the words whirl in tandem with the marvelous art that recalls picture books from an earlier time, reminiscent perhaps of the works of Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. The lithe deer, especially, echoes images of a common motif in the art deco period. Yet this beautifully crafted piece of bookmaking never feels dated, but rather timeless. Together, children and adults will revel in this excursion to a world where all is possible when no one is looking."
"...Stringer’s artwork is nothing short of mesmerizing. The shades of green saturating the book are rich and energizing. The deer looks squarely at readers on one page, to breathtaking effect. The little girl wears a sparkly tutu with a T-shirt, leggings, and high tops, so she will be recognizable to many readers. Ray’s spare writing is lovely and appropriate in its quietness, reflecting the hushed awe and respect of the little girl for her dance partner and their stage. This is a spectacular book, celebrating the outdoors, dance, and the beauty inside each of us."
--School Library Journal
"The team behind Mud and Red Rubber Book Day return with another story celebrating a child’s connection to nature... girl and deer share a dance together—a moment heightened by the almost supernatural greens and yellows Stringer uses to paint this secluded forest refuge. Her stylized acrylics emphasize the deer’s lithesome grace, too, giving it a coyly pointed snout and spindly legs that look permanently en pointe. Ray’s verselike prose captures both the way the girl finds inspiration in nature and the joy she finds in dancing when no one is watching her—no one two-legged, anyway."
"A young girl meets a deer as she dances in a meadow near the woods. They begin to dance together, each one responding to the movements of the other. Light and movement flit across each of Stringer's illustrations, capturing the motion of the trees, the deer, and the girl. This is a celebration of movement in nature and the astonishing connections of dance. Brava!"
--Kids' Indies Next List
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