Dance!

by Elisha Cooper

Elisha Cooper brings what has become his trademark blending of quiet, keenly detailed... read more

Elisha Cooper brings what has become his trademark blending of quiet, keenly detailed writing and subdued yet highly expressive art to a book that follows the work of a professional dance company preparing for an opening night. As with his other books in the same style, Country Fair (1997), Ballpark (1998), and Building (1999), all published by Greenwillow, Cooper writes about the bustle of activity suggested by his subject. The delight is in the details and also the design. In Dance, Cooper focuses not only on the dancers, who “lie in a puddle on the floor” after a grueling rehearsal and practice over and over as the days pass, but also on other aspects of behind-the-scenes activity, such as costumes, lighting, and publicity. On some pages the words are laid out to suggest the shape of the action or object being described. There is wit, grace, and a sense of intimacy in both the writing and the watercolor-and-pencil art of Dance. (Ages 6–11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002

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