What I love about being a product reviewer is that I get to learn about new books and products that I may not have otherwise heard of. You don’t typically see TV commercials for children’s books which is why authors turn to bloggers like myself to help spread the word about their stories. I was recently contacted by the nice folks at Bright Bird Press to give their book, Beatrice Learns to Dance, a look.
Written by Binaebi Akah and illustrated by Jorge Eduardo Sanclemente, this book features a little girl robot named Beatrice who wants nothing more than to learn how to dance just as well as her neighbor, Melvin. This is a charming book about finding your own way to learn.
(Recommended for ages 5+)
Beatrice first turns to her ‘Dance 101’ book for help but finds it to be not so helpful. She then turned to a dancing video but learned that she couldn’t keep up. Frustrated with breaking things, she then moves outside where her dancing neighbor, Melvin, hears about her problem. Melvin encourages Beatrice to dance in her own way rather than copying everyone else. Beatrice soon learns that dancing came natural to her.
This is such a cute story about the ever-so-common topic of ‘figuring things out on your own.’ I’ve always encouraged my daughter to try things by herself first and this story totally lines up with my teaching methods.