Part 16: Interview with Authors of “Fenix and the Firework Fliers: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story”

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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  • Can you discuss any plans for adaptations or multimedia extensions of the book, such as animations or interactive apps?

We’ll eventually create an audio story and move-along video. There are several read-alongs on YouTubes by outside channels.

  • How does the book encourage readers to embrace their uniqueness

and individual strengths?

So many books with diverse and differently-abled characters dwell on those characteristics. I appreciate that it is more matter-of fact in our books—people/animals are different with varied strengths and characteristics and there’s no need to highlight those differences.

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