Simonie loves to dance! When he sees a sign for Taloyoak’s annual Christmas Jigging Dance Contest, he can’t wait to enter. But practising is hard work, and Simonie starts to worry that he won’t do a good job in front of all his friends and neighbours.
Luckily, with a little advice from his anaana and ataata, and some help from his friends Dana and David, Simonie learns how to listen to the music and dance the way it makes him feel. When the time comes for the contest, he’s ready to dance his very best.
Based on the annual Christmas dance contest in the community of Taloyoak, Nunavut, this heartwarming picture book shows how a lot of hard work—and a little inspiration—can go a long way.
Simonie and the Dance Contest is a welcome picture book entry on the topic of “practice makes perfect”, with an Arctic flair.
A relatable story about perseverance and facing your fears, featuring a unique setting.
"Matthews' simple text presents a likable character in Simonie, and his determination to succeed should inspire young readers to persevere when learning any new skill. Hinch's lively cartoon illustrations portray the Inuit characters as modern upper-elementary-age students who are also actively involved in their families' cultural traditions.The protagonist's good cheer and determination will strike chords in like-minded readers."