Sunrise Dance

Chronicle. Apr. 2022. 14p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781452174051.
Baby-Toddler–This fanciful depiction of anthropomorphic critters who play across their sun-warmed world are paired with Allen’s rhymes. Author and illustrator are evenly matched in this presentation with a piccolo-playing ladybug, and hand-in-hand animals living together in an idyllic environment. As poetry, this offering finds worth because the rhythm could be used to excite young children to participate in a planned movement time: “Rabbits revel as they nibble and chew. Marmots mambo through the morning dew.” Unfortunately, this will only survive in hands-off story hour settings; the pull tabs may not withstand the excitement of small children eager to see what happens.
VERDICT This charming excursion in fantasy may not last long in library settings unless it’s only brought out for story time.

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