Book Review: Tulip Loves Rex
Alyssa Satin Capucilli's (author of the Biscuit series)latest book is the story of a little girl, named Tulip, who loves to dance. From the day she was born she has loved spinning and twirling. She greets "every morning with a graceful gallop and a cheerful skip" and leaps, balances, and skips through her days. One day she and her parents head to a beautiful park in the city. The illustrations remind me of Balboa Park in San Diego or Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Here she finds a friendly, but unusual dog in the park who does not like to fetch or do tricks. It turns out that he loves to dance as much as Tulip. It is a gentle story with a wonderful message about the importance of having someone with whom you can share your joy. I especially love the soft, flowing illustrations that capture Tulip's constant motion with graceful beauty. A sweet story for the little dancer in your life.
Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
* Re-read the book and this time move your body in all the different ways Tulip does (ex. "Spin wildly about with arms stretched wide")
* Make a list of all the fantastic dance / movement vocabulary Capucilli uses such as, twirl, hop, roll, skipped, leaped, etc
* With older children, hypothesize about where Rex may have come from and either write or illustrate your ideas
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