Frankie's Wish - Book Review

Frankie's Wish

Author: Once Upon a Dance
Genre: Children - Concept
Publisher: Once Upon a Dance
Date Published: March 22, 2008
ISBN-10: 1955555532
ISBN-13: 9781955555531

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Book Review of :  Frankie's Wish


Frankie’s Wish by Once Upon A Dance is a children’s book that tells an exciting story of a youngster named Frankie and the adventure he enjoyed on his birthday. The book is a work of love from a mother and daughter team who have produced a series of similar books entitled Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories for Young Movers. Accompanying the narrative are instructions of dance movements that represent the emotions or actions expressed in the story. The movements and positions are illustrated by the beautiful young ballerina Konora.

The story that is told is about a magic blue feather that gives you the ability to grant you whatever you wish for. Frankie’s Auntie Duke tells him about this magic feather, and on his birthday, he goes out into the “Wander in the Wonder” forest to search for it. He encounters many different animals in the woods, even a very friendly rare purple dragon. He is determined to find the feather before the sun goes down because he needs to return home.

Emilia Ruminska beautifully illustrates the book. Who brilliantly captures the magic of the story. It certainly invites the participation of the young reader in the movements displayed by ballerina Konora. It is an excellent concept to engage a child in listening to the story and acting out parts of it. The colorfully illustrated adventures are an ideal introduction to the value of books for the very young reader. Frankie’s Wish is a delightful book for sharing with a special little one. It is a heartwarming book as an ideal gift. Shared reading of a picture book with your child is a wonderful way to bring parent and child together in a meaningful way while instilling good reading habits in the child. In this age of digital distraction and immediate gratification, reading has never been more critical to a child. The story teaches a child how to respond to things such as a crisis and, of course, expands their imagination. It teaches how to care for others in an intelligent and friendly way, and it teaches good values that are so important yet lacking in much of today’s world.

The numerous ballet techniques added to the book are another wonderful educational and creative element that added significant value to the Once Upon A Dance creation. In short, it is a wonderful magical story that is enjoyable to read and easy to comprehend, plus it exudes lots of positive messages.  Books like Frankie’s Wish are still the most vital gateways to learning. 

Reviewed by: James B.

About Once Upon a Dance


Once Upon a Dance is a mother-daughter duo. Ballerina Konora is an apprentice with Ballet Idaho and previously danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Professional Division and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Growing up, she danced iconic roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. Konora's mother taught creative movement and ballet for decades and was recognized by her local City Council (2014) for "embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community" for her work with young dancers. She's breathed dance from every angle, but after 20 books, she's starting to embrace her author identity.

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