Cesaria Feels the Beat (Hardcover)

Cesaria Feels the Beat By Denise Rosario Adusei, Priscila Soares (Illustrator) Cover Image

Cesaria Feels the Beat (Hardcover)


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In this powerful and inspiring picture book, a deaf girl stands up for herself and takes off her shoes while dancing at her Carnival performance so she can feel the music through her bare feet.

Cesaria is going to perform for the seaside Carnival. She skips past the beach barefoot, dressed in her favorite peacock leotard.

But when her dance director tells her she must put on her shoes to go on stage, Cesaria signs, “Peacocks don’t wear shoes!”

You see, Cesaria hears the music through the soles of her feet, but no one seems to understand…

…That is, until all the dancers take off their shoes, and learn to feel the music, just like Cesaria.

Cesaria Feels the Beat is a lyrical and heartfelt story about deafness, community, and Carnival.

Priscila Soares was born in São Paulo, Brazil where she graduated in Art Education. She then moved to San Francisco to study Film Editing at the Academy of Art University. She works across many mediums and disciplines, including paintings, sculptures, comics, stop-motion, photography, design, and book illustrations.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250824967
ISBN-10: 1250824966
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English

*Four starred reviews!*

★ "A vibrant, poetic celebration of Deafness, dance, nature, and self-advocacy." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "A lovely book about a child who experiences the world in an atypical way that readers will readily understand." -- Booklist, starred review

★ "Invites everyone into a celebration of dance, life, and being true to oneself." -- School Library Journal, starred review

★ "A Deaf child performer self-advocates in this triumphant Carnival-set work." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review