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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Sadoni Squirrel: Superhero- A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story by Once Upon a Dance is a whimsical children’s story with easy dance movements that anyone can try. Sadoni is a lively squirrel who believes that she can fly. She is also a real superhero who has a special magical power. But her cat friend, Jamison, is skeptical about her claims and despite everything Sadoni does, he does not believe she has the powers she claims to have. Until one day when he needs her help and Sadoni comes up with a great plan. Sadoni and Jamison’s story is told alongside explanations of different dance movements performed by Ballerina Konora. This part of the book uses the scenes in the story as an inspiration for coming up with different types of dance movements throughout the book.
I loved that the movements suggested in Sadoni Squirrel: Superhero are practical and can be used by children and also adults for dance inspiration. There are also clear photographs of Ballerina Konora showing each dance movement covered in the book which makes it easy to understand and follow each action. Featuring funny scenes and a delightful song, Sadoni’s story is captivating and it enlivens the dancing. The story also contains impactful lessons about using one’s special skills to show kindness and believing in your abilities even when others do not believe in you. I also found the story’s illustrations to be vibrant and engaging. They help tell the story and show the characters included. Sadoni Squirrel: Superhero- A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story by Once Upon a Dance is a lovely, inspiring story with practical dancing movements that readers will love.