Dancing in the Wings
In dance, sometimes it's important to blend in with everyone else. Sometimes it's important to stand out. Has Sassy made the right choices?
After your child receives and reads this book, Discuss one or more of the following questions to help him/her make connections and build comprehension.
- Sassy has a dream of becoming a ballerina. What do you dream of becoming one day? Discuss this with a parent.
- Sassy feels different from the other girls in her dancing class. Think of another story where someone feels badly about the way they look. Use a Venn diagram. How is that character like Sassy? How are they different? Share your diagram with a parent.
- Mona and Molly make fun of Sassy's height. They try to make Sassy feel badly about herself. Why do they do that? Discuss this with a parent.
- Pick out your favorite song. Invent a dance to go with it. Make sure your dance tells a story. Perform it for your family and friends.
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About the Illustrator
Watch this video and discuss — how is Kadir Nelson following his heart and soul and making his dreams come true? When we follow our heart and soul, will our dreams come true?
Loving Your Body
How can you see your differences as strengths? What happened when Sassy embraced her height and allowed herself to shine for the beautiful girl she is? How can you embrace your body? Read more about how to practice body positivity in this article and discuss it with your reader!