by Tracy Brown (Goodreads Author), Paula Wegman (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars
Sarah wishes that she could go to her ballet dance recital instead of attending her cousin’s wedding. When she hears the music at the wedding reception, she is swept into a dance with the bride and discovers that there is beauty in all types of music and dance, not just ballet.
This book teaches young readers about Jewish wedding traditions and the song Hava Nagila. The wedding guests dance the Hora, and the steps are outlined in the story. I love the rich culture and expressive traditions in this book!
Little Sarah is stubborn and insists on wearing her ballet dress to the wedding, but she is also open to learning new styles of dance. She learns to appreciate her Jewish heritage, and discovers that there is more to life than ballet. I like that she is a strong character, but willing to grow.
The illustrations are bright and colorful! I like the art style, but some character’s faces looked oddly distorted, like their lips were too big for their face, or their arms are too long for their body. Most of the art is lovely though. I enjoyed the way the artwork captures the energy of the music and the movement of the dance!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.