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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Everyone is singing in the green marsh — frogs, dragonflies, and crickets. Only a little cricket named Sora does not sing. Everyone says Sora does not have an imagination and, therefore, cannot sing. The news saddens Sora, who desperately wants to sing. When Sora hears the birds singing the next morning, our cricket could not imagine singing like that. What is the solution? Become a songbird. This is only the first of Sora's transformations. Can the little cricket find imagination in the end? Find out in Sora Searches for a Song by Christine Herbert and illustrated by Scott Partridge, and dance along with Ballerina Konora as she teaches you movements inspired by the creatures Sora encounters along the way.
Sora Searches for a Song is a delightful book that will be a source of entertainment and inspiration for young readers. I enjoyed discovering Sora's journey in search of imagination. I think Once Upon A Dance and Christine Herbert have succeeded in teaching children not to give up. They also inspire youngsters to keep looking for something they believe they do not have. Moreover, I appreciated that the book includes exercises to help children perform simple movements; this is fun and will make them feel much more involved in the story.
Listening to the narrator in this audiobook was enchanting because of her joyful tone. I liked how Amy Barron Smolinski changed her voice for the various animals; for example, it was melodious for the songbirds and deeper for the hungry creature. Also, I enjoyed listening to natural sounds, which made the audiobook even more enjoyable. I liked that a signal indicates when the story resumes after exercises with Ballerina Konora. Definitely, Sora Searches for a Song is a beautiful book from all points of view.