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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  • What inspired the choice of using a firefly as the protagonist in “Fenix and the Firework Fliers”?

I’ve always been captivated by fireflies. I saw an image of fireflies in a tree a few years ago that was so beautiful, I’d originally been thinking about a more artistically illustrated book, but things are always in flux and my collaborator knew this illustrator.

  • How did your respective roles as mother and daughter shape the characters of Fenix and her mother in the book?

I don’t think that came into play in story creation, but we had a great time doing the photos for this book, and of course, I always think of her when I’m adding movement.

  • Did the dynamics of your own relationship with your daughter influence the portrayal of the mother/daughter relationship within the narrative?

This is a story about two friends, Fenix and Bolt.

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