Themes: Vocation, Call, Gifts, Passion, Being different, Being Honest with yourself, Seeing things differently, Being different, Imagination, Creativity, Vision, Art, Sharing joys, dance, welcoming strangers, bravery, friendship, making friends, what do you love about your friends, making gifts…
Stephen Michael King has cemented his place as my favourite children’s book illustrators, his illustrations create new worlds, new friends and new stories for the reader to enter into and to dream of. This story is playful and a delight, joy and pleasure to read.
Milli is a special person, she can take a thing that is nothing and, with a wiggle and a cut turn them into a something. She sees ordinary things that have been thrown out or left behind and can recreate them into an object of beauty.
But her special gift, the thing that gives her passion and energy, the thing that she loves doing more than anything is not appreciated by those around her. Instead they only want her to create for them normal working shoes, brown or black, something practical, something that they can use for work. They have no interest in her beautiful gift.
Until one day two strangers knock on her door asking for her to make them some shoes.
These strangers don’t have any money, but instead they promise to teach her how to dance as payment for her shoes, an arrangement that she agrees to.
As they teach Milli to dance she begins to enjoy herself, something inside her awakens, soon she finds new bravery, she feels a new sense of freedom and the courage to create something new.
And so Milli sets out to create the perfect pair of shoes for her new friends and dance partners, and as she does she finds her true vocation and calling.
Surely Milli will never make anything brown and normal ever again, her life changes, as does the lives of those around them.
And as for Jack and the dancing cat, well, you’ll just have to buy the story to find out.
A fun and joyful story of someone who is not living out her dreams and vocation who finally finds someone who believes in her and who awakens in her the realisation of what she was created for, the purpose for her being on the earth, her true passion and gift.
A story about the power of new friends, of the possibilities that open up when one takes in a couple of strangers, of the power of dance and the importance of our own passion and being honest with ourselves.
Everyone knows what it’s like to be doing something for a job that does not inspire them.
Perhaps it’s about time we all need to learn some dance…