Part 8: 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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  • What role does the setting play in “Fenix and the Firework Fliers,” and how did you decide on the particular setting for the story?

I love the forest and nature, where we can find all kinds of animal moves to mimic, so it was a natural choice (pun intended).

  • Can you describe the process of character development for secondary characters in the book?

The draft actually had different characters, and thinking about my series, I wanted some new movements, so it was very movement centered.

  • How does the use of language and vocabulary in the book cater to its intended Audience?

All of our books are above target language levels because they are meant to be shared with a caregiver. This book introduces a lot of new vocabulary, and we work hard to give context clues to those words in case an independent reader is enjoying the story.

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