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Cover of Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells by Shirley Cheng, a collection of inspirational, fantasy short stories and poetry, including fairy tales, fables, and myths

Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells

The wings spread wide, but freedom they cannot find. Open your heart and never let your imagination be confined.

Looking for a gentle read for your heart and soul?

Fables, fairy tales, myths, and poems for all ages to enjoy and get lost in

Prose and poetry for the heart from the heart...

The tales and poems held between the pages of Dance with Your Heart are filled with inspirations, lessons, and magic. Most of the stories take no more than a few minutes to read, and yet they allow the reader to discover and visit worlds never before visited. Inch alongside a tiny snail as she goes through a journey of self-discovery in The Gift of Uniqueness, and learn that cooperation is the key to working successfully, yielding desirable fruits in the story, The Raging Sun and Rain. The poems range from thought-provoking to inspirational; their language is simple yet lyrical, and they are written with sincerity, clarity, and that rarest commodity: wisdom.

Be prepared to be touched, taught, and tickled by these stories and poems. Dance with your heart; it takes only a free spirit and an open consciousness. Feel the full spectrum of emotions emitted by the words within. Be ready to laugh, to weep; and when you close the book for the last time, you will do so a changed person, so prepare yourself to take flight.

Why does water extinguish fire?

Why is the fire hot?

How did the rainbow come to be?

Find out the answers between the covers of Dance with Your Heart!

ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4116-1858-9
Trade paperback (6" x 9"), 223 pages

Excerpts of Dance with Your Heart (PDF)

"…Beautifully written, offering deep reflection…expressed with naturalness, simplicity and profound wisdom," wrote Books2Mention Magazine.

"Reading Dance with Your Heart will do more than fill your heart with dances. It will reach deep inside of you and awaken your most inner passion while also renewing your respect and love for nature's life.

"The stories in this book are kept short and written with impeccable talent and imagination. The poems are light hearted, refreshingly lyrical and a true enjoyment to read. Dance with Your Heart reminds its readers of the simplest lessons in life, such as believing in oneself, ones inner beauty and also self-worth.

" highly recommends, Dance with Your Heart to every type of reader. It is a true gem to read, one to be very much appreciated," commented Dorothy Lafrinere from

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"Cheng's graceful storytelling and poetry not only is a pleasure, but awe-inspiring, as her wisdom and understanding at such a young age is profound. Her resounding words are of encouragement and of good. She believes happiness begins in the heart and that readers should allow themselves the freedom to dance with their heart. A luminous read," wrote Christina Francine for Reviewer's Bookwatch on Midwest Book Review

"Dance With Your Heart is a wonderful collection of poetry and short stories that celebrate life while gently sharing the wisdom of Shirley Cheng. Her personal journey as cited in the 'About The Author' Section is worth the price of the book by itself," commented Dr. Alan Gettis.

"Reading Dance with Your Heart is a soul cleansing experience and explores the dreams, imaginings and longings of a beautiful soul," wrote Rebecca Johnson, The Rebecca Review, Amazon's Top Five Reviewer.

"It's impossible not to feel inspired and moved when reading DANCE WITH YOUR HEART - a collection of tales and poems by a young author by the name of Shirley Cheng. To say that this young woman has overcome adversity is a staggering understatement," wrote reviewer Tara Rogan, Round Table Reviews. "Most of the tales are simple on the outside, but evoke a moral that is cleverly woven to make readers smile after each one. 'The Greedy Cat' is a distinctive story that reads like a fable, yet contains a message at the end that is both crafty and clever.

Each of these anecdotes imitates life and are exceedingly fun to read. The poems are also heartfelt, and many of them echo Cheng's life as well as the tribulations she has faced to get where she is now. All of these pieces have a positive spin, which is where we really see where Cheng's greatest strength truly comes from-- her attitude."

"Excellent choice for the home pleasure library, the home school curriculum as well as the public school classroom," commented reviewer and author Molly Martin, The Compulsive Reader.

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About the Author

Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled award-winning author (with twenty awards, including nine Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Awards), motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, poet, author of nine books, contributor to seventeen, and a parental rights advocate, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy. Owing to years of hospitalization, she received no education until age eleven. However, after only about 180 days of special education in elementary school, she mastered grade level in all areas and entered a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.

Shirley is available for interviews, speaking engagements, book signings, and inspirational events.

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