Synopses & Reviews
A young narrator tells readers about her friend Maya, who absolutely loves to dance. In this rhyming picture book, Maya attends a lively dance class. She canand#8217;t get enough of dance: the costumes, the grand entrances, the pirouettes, the music, the final bow, and the magic of recitals. She even loves the hard work of practice. But why doesnand#8217;t her friend dance, too?and#160;The pages themselves seem to dance, thanks to the charming verse of Cheryl Willis Hudson and the vibrant colors and motion of Eric Velasquezand#8217;s paintings.and#160;and#160;
andquot;The book offers young readers plenty to look at, along with a simple message about the way prayer unites everyone, as the multicultural subjects in Velasquezand#39;s gorgeous illustrations make clear.andquot;
andquot;...this beautiful book brings prayer to the modern world and hauntingly shows just how needed it is.andquot;
andquot;The diverse people sharing the night, the realistic dilemmas of the people in need, and the handsome presentation should serve well as bedtime reading for families practicing daily prayer.andquot;
andquot;A beautiful weaving of word, art, and spirit.andquot;
andquot;A good starting place for discussion, this will give youngsters a sense of those in need as well as whatandrsquo;s worth praying for.andquot;
A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens, the boy offers a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.
Critically acclaimed author Tonya Bolden teams up with awardand#8209;winning illustrator Eric Velasquez to create a richly painted and emotionally complex book that celebrates prayer and kindness while recognizing the diversity of the world around us.
About the Author
Cheryl Willis Hudson
is vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books, an independent publisher of black-interest books for children and young adults. She has written many books for children, and lives in New Jersey.and#160;Eric Velasquez
is the illustrator of numerous picture books and a recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for new talent. He lives in Hartsdale, New York. You can learn more about him at www.ericvelasquez.com.and#160;Praise for The Other Mozart
and#147;Elegant paintings, framed in regal hues . . .and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly
and#147;The heart of the book is Velasquezand#8217;s original artwork.and#8221; and#151;School Library Journal