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My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

A young narrator tells readers about her friend Maya, who absolutely loves to dance. In this rhyming picture book, Maya attends a lively dance class. She can't get enough of dance: the costumes, the grand entrances, the pirouettes, the music, the final bow, and the magic of recitals. She even loves the hard work of practice. But why doesn't her friend dance, too?

The pages themselves seem to dance, thanks to the charming verse of Cheryl Willis Hudson and the vibrant colors and motion of Eric Velasquez's paintings.
 

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

 

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

Reviews

"Elegant paintings, framed in regal hues . . ."
—Publishers Weekly


"The heart of the book is Velasquez's original artwork."
—School Library Journal

Full-page, fluid illustrations, rendered in oil on watercolor paper, feature a willowy, long-limbed African-American child who dances to the music of jazz, blues, rap, gospel, Bach, and reggae. When she taps "on slick wooden floors," wearing a red vest, gray pants, white gloves, and a hat, she's accompanied by four boys similarly costumed. Maya even performs at the mall for a small audience that includes the narrator, a girl in a wheelchair. The last, touching page reveals Maya and her friend smiling at readers. A simple, sweet story about music, dance, and friendship.
—Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH


 

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