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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What educational themes or concepts are woven into the storyline of “Fenix and the Firework Fliers”?

Friendship and thinking outside the box are the overlying themes. We love the initial friendship of Fenix and Bolt—that Fenix supported Bolt vicariously and seemed at peace with the situation.

How does the book promote learning through creative movement and dance?

When kids can experience something with different senses, it’s more powerful. Acting out the story, naming emotions, and thinking about how emotions feel/look in bodies is useful to identify those feelings later.

How does the book support social and emotional learning, such as empathy and cooperation, through its characters and plot?

Themes sprinkle in around taking turns, celebrating other’s accomplishments and appreciating cultures and diversity.

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