Brielle’s Birthday Ball

A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story for Young Movers (Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories for Young Movers)

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2021
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Author Biography

Once Upon a Dance is a mother-daughter covid creation.
Konora climbed the pre-professional ballet ladder up to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division, and has danced with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and Ballet Idaho. Along the way, she danced iconic roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella.

Konora’s mother taught creative movement and ballet for decades and was honored to be chosen and recognized by her local City Council for embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community for her work with young dancers. She’s breathed dance from every angle: child to pre-professional to adult ballet student, zoom student, dance teacher, dance mom, competition mom, ballet-school parent-guilder, audience member, recital planner, business owner, and board member.

Once Upon a Dance has 14 pandemic creations. Their first book, Dancing Shapes is a 2021 Independent Press Award Winner.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Brielle’s Birthday Ball by Once Upon A Dance and Stella Mongodi, we are introduced to a young girl who is turning seven. She awakens at two in the morning to strange noises outside her bedroom door. When she goes to investigate, no one is there but a box has been left. Inside the box is a magical birthday ball that will give her a fun adventure. The ball led Brielle to the moon where a party for her was already taking place. Meeting the famous Man On The Moon, Brielle was so excited as she danced and enjoyed delicious cupcakes and chocolate mint flavored water. Everyone was having such a great time dancing and enjoying themselves that Brielle didn’t want it to end. Unfortunately, she began to get sleepy and decided it was time to go back home. When she woke the next morning, she remembered everything, and yet there was no proof that her magical night had ever happened.

I thought Brielle’s Birthday Ball was such a unique and fun read. This is my first time coming across a book that also showed the young reader dance steps to go with the book. A whole plot and story are choreographed so children can act out the story - such a cool and great idea. The dance steps are easy for a child to follow along. The story itself was also enjoyable with a fun plot and a likable main character. The illustrations are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. I thought Once Upon A Dance and Stella Mongodi have done an excellent job with this book, and I look forward to checking out their other books.