This story of a music box ballerina and her changing relationship with the girl who owns he is an exquisite story, simple and delicate in its telling, yet threaded through with childish joy and the warmth of the things that cause us to form memories.
There is disappointment,change, adventures, there is scary stuff, there is resilience, then a most delightful twist. The introduction of the outside environment gives a whole lift to the story and takes it out of what could have been ordinary and gives the story a whole new dimension.
I very much liked how the story traveled along. The illustrations complimented the story perfectly, the colours fit with what was happening, they added an almost musical effect.
A delightful book that would make a wonderful gift, ballet fans would be enchanted but so would almost everyone else who picked it up.
Reviewed by Marion Dreadon
Dance with Me
by Penny Harrison, illustrated by Gwynneth Jones
Published by EK Books