AMY WU AND THE RIBBON DANCE, by Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 30, 2023, Hardcover, $18.99 (Ages 4-8)
A girl dreams about taking her dancing up a level in Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance, by Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua.
Amy Wu loves to move. From wriggling to shimmying to toe-tapping, she just can’t keep still, not when there’s music all around her! So, when Amy sees Chinese ribbon dancing for the first time, she has to try it out. Only, how can she throw the perfect dance party when she doesn’t have the perfect ribbon for her dance?
A special story from Mom may be just the thing to get Amy moving to the music again. —Synopsis provided by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance is the fourth Amy Wu book, and it’s delightful. Author Kat Zhang perfectly captures Amy’s excitement for dance and for new things. Her writing is bright and full of energy. Illustrator Charlene Chua takes Zhang’s words and runs. Her exuberance practically leaps off the page. Amy is a sweet character full of emotion and life. Many parents will relate to her ups and downs.
A fun craft, featuring step-by-step instructions on how to make a homemade dance ribbon is also included at the back of the book.
Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance is a charming look at building friendships through sharing culture. And it celebrates failures and imperfections along the way.
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