Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance
Frances Dean loves to dance. In her every waking moment, she is inspired to move - she feels the wind and dances, hears the singing of the birds and dances. But as soon as anyone is around, her knees begin to tremble, butterflies start to flutter in her tummy and she forgets how to dance. Will she ever find the courage within herself to share her talent with other people and feel free? But then, one day, Frances Dean notices something - someone - unusual and it surprises her and inspires her all at once.
Birgitta Sif was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and lived in and around Scandanavia and America while growing up. She completed her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer in New York before deciding to enrol on Anglia Ruskin's world-renowned Children's Book Illustration MA course in Cambridge. Her debut picture book, Oliver, won the Icelandic Dimmalimm Prize, was endorsed by Amnesty, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. About Frances Dean, she says, "Sometimes the best music you will hear is the one created by nature. When I watch and listen to the birds dance, I can feel my heart skip ... and my feet start to tap along." Birgitta lives with her family in Sweden. Visit her website at www.birgittasif.com and follow her on twitter @birgittasif.