Cato’s Can Can
Ford Street, 2021
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Cato the cockatoo loves to dance. Each day he bops and rocks and kicks and stomps all by himself. He would dearly love to find a dance partner but none of the local birds are interested. But then, throughout the course of a week he spies lots of dancers who move just like his different bird-world friends – spinning like a lyrebird, bopping like lorikeets, snapping like lyrebirds, leaping like brolgas, tapping like grebes, hopping and prancing like bowerbirds – but even though he shows off his moves, they disappear without noticing him.
So, instead of showing off his moves, he decides to follow them – and everyone gets a surprise…
This is a charming story that celebrates both the unique movement of bird species and the magic of dance. Using a days-of-the-week and cumulative-counting format, both Cato and the reader focus on the various forms of dance that humans have developed to bring joy to themselves and others making a delightful read for all those who love to dance. No doubt they would be able to add other genres and similes such as waltzing and gliding like swans. As well as being great for investigating similes, bird movements and dance types, it would also be fun to explore the sort of music that would accompany each, and perhaps even find examples of each type.
So much more than a one-off read!