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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
"Playdance Studio and the Flyaway Hair" was written by Marianne Quigley Gaulkin and Illustrated by David Baker. This Book was uniquely written with an imaginative story plot for Children. The story of a group of children involved in a dance class at a school created with no instructor. A child can imagine how dance students can create the entire dance choreography by themselves. The story has a hint of mystery to it for those treasure hunter lovers out there. The author throws in an educational lesson within the story but makes it as though it is a mystery scenario and not a lesson. The illustrations within the book are very vivid and colorful expressing each character's emotions and actions. A child familiar with dance and dance terminology will be able to follow the story easily and understand each step as it is described.
I like the general concept of this story but thought it could have used a little more depth. Writing more about the studio itself and the characters might help draw a wider range of readers to this story. I appreciate the educational lesson that was quickly thrown into the story and thought it gave the message that although there are no teachers in this dance school, what is learned from a teacher in a regular-academic school can be applied in all areas of life, including a fun activity such as dance. As I was reading, despite the fact that this story could use a little more detail, I imagined myself being a child again and attending this student run dance studio and it made me smile and laugh remembering how important youthful imagination is for a person.