A Chance to Dance

Singing in the Rain (Volume 1)

Children - Grade K-3rd
63 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2019
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Author Biography

Tammi Croteau Keen is an author, poet, and advocate for inclusion, acceptance, and kindness. She strives to tell stories that illustrate the many ways in which we are all more alike than different, and that illuminate the "kind" in "humankind."

Tammi is an avid runner, having completed 23 half marathons, countless 5K and 10K runs, and the LA Marathon. She considers herself bicoastal and loves to spend time on the shorelines in both Florida and Washington (go Seahawks!).

Tammi is also a Major in the Army National Guard, and was the first female officer selected to serve as Commander of the 319th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company in Washington. Her life experiences continue to inspire her writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Eight-year-old Reagan is different. Everyone around her is also different. She loves to dance but the other children do not like dancing with her. Reagan loves a special place she calls rocks-water. She feels safe there. She does not feel lonely sitting on the rock. Her mother decides to get her a place to dance where everyone can fit in and where Reagan will feel safe and happy. It is a new place and everyone is different. After a while, the new place is not new anymore and it is not scary. It becomes a happy place. Everyone is different but they dance together without staring or pointing at each other. The shiny floors and mirror walls make Reagan happy and she can’t wait to dance. The dance class has older girls who dance well and Reagan's mom calls them volunteers. They help these children with their dance steps. The kids are going to a competition and they have to take a plane there. The older girls will not be accompanying them. Will Reagan and the other youngsters enjoy the experience of dancing in front of an audience?

A Chance to Dance: Singing in the Rain (Volume 1) by Tammi Croteau Keen with Kimberly Pace Smith is a beautiful story about kindness, love, teamwork, friendship, and acceptance and will help parents and children look on the brighter side of life while dealing with problems. The story has been narrated from Reagan's point of view and will not only encourage children with all types of disabilities to overcome their problems but will also give them the confidence to appreciate the gifts they have. The book will also help readers understand that nothing is impossible if they set their minds to it. Jason Cheeseman-Meyer brings the story and the characters to life with his wonderful illustrations and will help readers connect with Reagan and the other dancers. The fact that the book is based on a true story makes it tangible to readers. Parents and tutors can use the story of Reagan to show children they are all perfect and can achieve anything they want in life.