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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  • Are there any cultural or folkloric influences present in the storytelling or character backgrounds?

I let Scott the illustrator run with the illustrating process, so you’d have to ask him.

  • How does the book balance fantastical elements with real-world experiences or emotions?

It’s set in a fantastical setting with fantastical characters but with a real-world emotions

and scenario.

  • Can you discuss any literary or artistic influences that inspired the writing style or illustrations?

Christine drafted this book knowing Scott would be illustrating it, so I think she kept him in mind as she created the storyline.

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