Monday, June 28, 2010
The tale of the Pied Piper of Hamlin is one that we're all pretty familiar with. The Pied Piper sweeps through a village and all the children follow him away to an unknown location, where they are never seen again. He entices them with his magical, enchanting music that for unknown reasons draws the children to him in droves.
While the story of the Pied Piper is a tad scary and most certainly doesn't have a happy ending, the general mood of the story is one of whimsy and unpredictability, not necessarily all negative. In Ronald Himler's Dancing Boy, the positive aspects of children running free are captured in breathtaking illustrations. Completely wordless, this book celebrates a wistful youthful spirit that is touching and heartwarming.
Dancing Boy isn't just a book for children; it's a book for all of us who miss living in the world of a child. The innocence and fun that come with still believing in the magic of the universe is perfectly expressed in Himler's book. Breaking free of conformity, even for just a little while, can be so liberating and necessary at times. Celebrate taking a break from societal norms and expectations with Dancing Boy!