July 13, 2024

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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  • How might educators incorporate “Fenix and the Firework Fliers” into their curriculum to support various learning objectives?

This would fit nicely with thematic units around celebrations or insects. Or it could be a movement-based exploration of the hero’s journey.

  • What audience did you have in mind while writing the book?

We started out targeting ages 4+ but the concepts and language landed a little older.  

  • How do you think the book could impact its readers, particularly children?

It’s such a beautiful example of someone disadvantaged rising to a challenge, not by ignoring their disability but by going another route. And the friendship between the two very different fireflies is really sweet.  

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