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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  • How does the book celebrate the power of storytelling and imagination?

Acting out the story is the ultimate imagination because you have to bring it into your body and really experience what the characters do and feel.


  • Can you describe any recurring motifs or symbols throughout the book, and their significance?

Vivid colors and lights in the night sky with beautiful purples, blues, and pinks.


  • How do you see “Fenix and the Firework Fliers” fitting into the larger landscape of children’s literature?

This is a great book for classroom and theater camps. Teaching kids to move along to stories could start years of fun (parents have told me their kids act out all of their books since reading one of ours.)

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