Wearing his pair of special silver shoes, young Joseph sets out to dance with the world.
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Ruth Lercher Bornstein has written and illustrated numerous books for Clarion, including The Dancing Man, Little Gorilla, Rabbit’s Good News, and most recently That’s How it is when We Draw. A painter and longtime folk dancer, Ruth lives in Santa Monica, California.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3AFirst published in 1978 with somber pencil drawings and in a smaller format, this newly illustrated edition brings color and lightness to a picture book that pays tribute to the joy of dance and the pursuit of a dream. Young Joseph, an orphan in a poor and gloomy Baltic village, wants nothing more than to dance. The mysterious elderly man he meets by the shore gives him a pair of silver shoes; when he grows into them, they give him the courage to set out along the dusty road "even as far as the southernmost sea." He dances over the years for solemn villagers, an ailing child, a weary peddler until he, too, feels weariness in his bones. Finally reaching his ultimate destination, he meets a young boy and bequeaths his unique footwear to the next generation. The lyrical text is unchanged from the original. It is spare and graceful and successfully conveys the ability of dance to capture the magic in the ordinary. The oil pastels fill double-page spreads and bring rich and vibrant colors to Joseph's odyssey, from the deep blues of the night to the orange and pink of the setting sun. There's a slight change in perspective that increases proximity to the people Joseph meets along the way, inviting readers into each encounter. From Joseph's open-armed welcome on the cover to the cyclical satisfaction of the conclusion, young listeners will experience the wonder and power of this art form.ACarol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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Book Description Winston Pr, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0816432147
Book Description Winston Pr, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0816432147
Book Description The Seabury Press (Weekly Reader Books), Columbus, OH, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ Issued. Bornstein, Ruth (illustrator). Clean and tight - unused copy - BRAND NEW!!. Bookseller Inventory # 026227
Book Description Winston Pr, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110816432147