The competition is on! Two champion dancers, Aidan and Michael, arrive in the village of Ballyconneely at the very same moment, each hoping to become the town's dance master. The villagers can support only one instructor, so the men agree to battle it out through rounds of reels and hornpipes. At each stage of the contest, the men challenge each other by calling for more and more difficult tunes to test their opponent's skill. Cheered on by the gathering crowd, the men dance on increasingly daring platformsfrom rain barrels to stone walls and beyondas each inspires the other until the best man wins. Based on a true event, this classic tale illustrates the enduring tradition of dance and music in Ireland.
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Anna Marlis Burgard is an editor and designer of books for children and adults. A descendant of the McCloskey chieftain clan, she lives on an island across the ocean from the Emerald Isle.
Leighanne Dees is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and is a freelance illustrator and designer. She lives in Georgia.
Grade 1-3–Two itinerant dancers arrive at the same time in the Irish village of Ballyconneely in hopes of teaching the locals a variety of steps. Because the citizens can afford only one instructor, the two must vie for the position. One of them names a tune and the other demonstrates his fancy footwork to the accompaniment of a fiddle and whistle. The contest begins on a wooden door placed on the ground but quickly moves to the lid of a barrel, then atop a stone wall. A crowd slowly gathers as the excitement and tension of the competition build. The two men appear to be equally talented until one of them climbs a roof and dances on the chimney, a feat that is shown on a vertical flap. He is clearly the winner, and the community holds a bonfire dance in celebration and welcome. Illustrations in pastels and colored pencils adequately depict the events of the story but are stiff and do not convey the energy and motion of the dancers. Swirls in the drawings, intended to show the rapid movement of feet, also are used to show smoke and wind, so the effect is somewhat muffled. The text, set in small type and superimposed on the art, is sometimes hard to read. An author's note and a pronunciation guide for the few Gaelic words used are appended.– Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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