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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Everybody Can Dance! is an illustrated children’s book on the themes of dancing and diversity, penned by author Kara Navolio and illustrated by Ruth-Mary Smith. Aimed at readers aged eight and under for a solo or accompanied read, these delightful rhyming verses use rhythm and pacing to create their own beat as the story is read aloud. Comparisons and opposites match with the varied illustrations of dancing styles to show a variety of races, genders, body types and ability levels enjoying dance together. What results is a bright and vivacious book that educates and empowers on many levels, as well as providing a lively, upbeat read for its audience.
The whimsical and wise collide in this bright slice of life from author Kara Navolio, whose poetry plays on simple juxtapositions to deliver a relevant and uplifting message. The theme of diversity is subtle but clear and matches really well with the delightful imagery provided by the illustrator, Ruth-Mary Smith. Production value of the book itself is very high quality, with an engaging layout and eye-catching pages that young readers will be climbing their parents, guardians, and teachers to get a look at. I also really liked the footnotes on the different types of dance featured in the book, which are both educational and able to spark the spirit and interest in dance for the youngsters enjoying the book. Overall, Everybody Can Dance! delivers what its title promises and so much more. A highly recommended read for anyone with young children who need a reminder on acceptance and the power of fun.