Part 12: Interview with Authors of “Fenix and the Firework Fliers: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story”

Introducing “Fenix and the Firework Fliers” by Once Upon a Dance, Christine Herbert and Scott Partridge

Embark on a thrilling adventure with Fenix, a brave firefly, determined to aid Bolt, a grounded Firework Flier. Together, they journey to the towering heights of the Silver Birch Forest for the Solstice Celebration. Along the way, Fenix faces challenges from forest creatures. Will Fenix conquer her fears and reach the summit in time? Who will be named Spirit of the Year? And what dazzling display will the fireflies create? Join the excitement as this delightful tale unfolds, sparking imagination and encouraging physical activity. With gender-neutral pronouns and simplified dance terms, it’s perfect for classrooms and families alike. Discover the magic of Fenix and the Firework Fliers.  

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  • Can you discuss any interactive elements or supplementary materials that accompany the book?

We will eventually have audio and video versions of the story.

  • What feedback have you received from readers, particularly children, about their experience with “Fenix and the Firework Fliers”?

One mom reached out to me about how meaningful the story was to her son, who is disabled. It was a touching message.

  • How do you anticipate the book will resonate with diverse audiences, including children from different cultural backgrounds?

The use of animals as characters means everyone can see themselves in Bolt and Fenix, particularly since Fenix has no pronouns and could be a girl or boy. Across the series, we represent an ever-growing variety of diverse faces, characteristics, and families. I wish it wasn’t true, but kids often choose the book with the hero that looks like them. My hope is once they enjoy one of the Dance-It-Out! stories with the representational hero, they move on and experience the diversity across the series. We can offer more diversity because there aren’t many consistent characters from story to story.

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