Dance the Hora, Isadora
Young Isadora loves dance but doesn't feel she has a special one to share in class like the other students. That all changes when she and her grandmother attend her cousin Rachel's wedding, and Isadora learns the hora.
Chloe is our step-dance star. Tap-tap go her toes. Up go her knees, reaching almost as high as her chin.
When Chloe finished her routine last week, I felt Madame's eyes on me. "Isadora, would you like a turn? she asked.
More than anything, I wanted to say yes, but I had nothing to share. If only I could shine like Lucy, Mateo, and Chloe.
On the way home, Grandma could see I needed some cheering up.
"Why such a sad face? she asked.
"Everyone in class has a special dance," I said. "Everyone except me!"
"I have a feeling you may have one very soon," Grandma said, "maybe even this weekend."
I knew she was thinking about the wedding. On Sunday, Cousin Rachel was getting married to Adam.
About the Author
A public and a school librarian, Gloria Koster is a member of the Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education. Her previous published books include Mitzi’s Mitzvah and Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale, both PJ Library selections. The mother of three adult children and a bunch of energetic grand kids, Gloria enjoys both city and country life, dividing her time between Manhattan and her longtime residence in the small town of Pound Ridge, NY.
About the Illustrator
Barbara Bongini knew at an early age that she would be an artist, and she has illustrated many picture books. When she's not working, she loves to spend time with her two kids and go to bookstores. She lives in Milan, Italy.