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A Heart That Dances Teaches Lessons

Dance With Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells, the latest book from child prodigy Shirley Cheng, is filled with inspirations, lessons and magic. Be prepared to be touched, taught, and tickled by the stories and poems contained between the covers of Dance With Your Heart.

In this collection of inspirational and fantasy short stories and poems,,the reader will 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, which range from thought-provoking to inspirational, could only have been written by Shirley Cheng. Her language is simple, yet lyrical, and she writes with sincerity, clarity, and wisdom rare for her youth.

Most of the tales take only a few minutes to read; yet from Shirley's words--from her poems and her stories--you'll feel the full spectrum of emotions. You'll laugh, you'll weep; and when you close the book for the last time, you will do so a changed person, so prepare yourself to take flight.

"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. A luminous read," commented Christina Francine for Midwest Book Review.

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

Shirley Cheng was born in New York in 1983, and received no schooling until she was eleven years old. Having achieved grade level in all areas after only 180 days in a special education class in elementary school, she was transferred to a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Shirley quickly developed a voracious appetite for reading, at times reading as many as three books a day, and a passion for writing prose and poetry. One of her stories, Mary Miller, the Elusive Lady, was published by Poughkeepsie Journal in 1997, and her poem, The Colors of the Rainbow, was published in the anthology Celebrate! New York's Young Poets Speak Out in 1999. Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen, and hopes to earn science doctorates from Harvard University after a successful eye surgery.

She is also the author of Daring Quests of Mystics (ISBN: 1-4116-5664-4), written at age twenty, as well as The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine: A Young Woman's Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials and Tribulations (ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2), her own life story - a quest to overcome blindness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and to triumph over tremendous adversities.

In March of 2006, Shirley co-authored a self-improvement book with several bestselling authors and top experts, including Jack Canfield, John Gray, and Bob Proctor, entitled 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2.

To learn more about the book and the author, read excerpts, and order autographed copies, go to

ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0 (Trade paperback, 225 pages, $14.95 from the author; higher prices from some retailers)
Available from, (and their international sites),, and other major online bookstores and through Ingram. To order autographed copies, please contact Shirley Cheng.


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