Author(s): Penny Harris
A ballerina in a music box loves nothing more than to dance. But when the little girl who owns the box grows up, who will dance with the ballerina then? A gorgeous story about treasured possessions and the memories they hold. In three delightful stories, fairies, ponies and ballerinas come out to play! In Dance with Me, a ballerina in a music box loves nothing more than to dance. In Patch and Ruby, Patch the pony is lonely; sometimes it feels as if he doesn't quite fit in. In The Great Sock Secret, Sarah's mother is tired of finding odd socks in the laundry basket. Where do all the missing socks go?
"A sweet story with fun, sadness and happiness once again" School Days "I can't help but hear Frank Mill's, Music Box Dancer in my head when I read about the beautiful pink clad ballerina who 'lived in a small, wooden box." Boomerang Books Blog "Dance with Me is a delightful, slightly sad, story of growing up, and the toys that are left behind. Happily, in this story, the dancer survives until the next generation of owner falls in love with her. The illustrations, by Gwynneth Jones, use watercolour and outlines with soft pastel colours for the ballerina and her world, and bolder colours when she ventures out into the world looking for a dance partner. Likely to appeal to young dancers, especially those with a fondness for music boxes.." Aussie Reviews "I loved reading this book with my daughter and discussing childhood keepsakes and what she would pass on to her children.." The Mummy Project "Dance With Me: a gentle, heartfelt tale of childhood treasures, the sadness of their loss and the joy of history repeating itself." Kids' Book Review "A great opportunity to talk about memories with our children as well as what they love enough to want to keep for their children, creating bonds across generations. The Bottom Shelf "I know that giving human traits to nonhuman objects can produce powerful emotions ... Dance with Me pulls on those same heartstrings." NC Teacher Stuff
Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books. Penny Harrison is a lifestyle journalist, garden writer, book reviewer and children's author. She has contributed to various Australian magazines, newspapers, guides and books, writing about everything from raising toddlers to raising chickens. Penny lives in a rambling old garden on the edge of the Yarra Valley with her husband and two young children, where she loves filling the house with books and music.