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In this wordless story, a free-spirited little boy dances through town, wearing nothing but a smile. Young children will relate to the spontaneous glee of the dancing little boy.
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Ronald Himler attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where he majored in painting and illustration. He began his career as an artist of books for children in 1972, and since then he has illustrated nearly 400 books and book covers. He has received more than 35 awards, nominations and citations of excellence.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1–The first image in this wordless story is of a naked blond boy dancing into a small American town. As he goes by the town's cooped up and bored children, they shed their clothes and their cares to follow this Pied Piper-like figure. The adults nearby are oblivious to the spectacle. Six children follow him but stop at the town's border while he continues on. The youngsters then return to their original places, which include a classroom, a baby carriage, and a park bench, to re-dress themselves and resume their previous activities. The last image of this visual palindrome is almost the same as the first, with the boy leaving town by the same road on which he arrived. The soft watercolors are done in a series of long, narrow panels to detail the children leaving their clothing and confinement behind while wide, full-page spreads show them freely cavorting. The art obscures aspects of their nudity that would cause serious objection. Youngsters, of course, will have their own reactions and many will find the nudity funny in a way the tone of the images does not seem to intend. The visual narrative may also fall flat for some children, since there is no change or growth for the characters left behind. While this is a provocative and artful reverie, it feels more like adult nostalgia for the innocence of childhood lost than a daydream in which young children would choose to participate.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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