Baby Dance

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Up and down, to and fro, coo and crow baby, there you go. Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round ... All babies love to be lifted, twirled and held in loving arms. Now a rhythmic poem by nineteenth century poet Anne Taylor makes a delightful board book perfect for baby and parent to share. Marjorie van Heerden has captured the energy and joy of this playful text in vivd pastel illustrations full of the soft, gentle motion of dance.

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Up and down, to and fro, coo and crow baby, there you go. Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round ... All babies love to be lifted, twirled and held in loving arms. Now a rhythmic poem by nineteenth century poet Anne Taylor makes a delightful board book perfect for baby and parent to share. Marjorie van Heerden has captured the energy and joy of this playful text in vivd pastel illustrations full of the soft, gentle motion of dance.

For babies who are responding to music and movement, here's a playful poem that has father and child dancing lovingly across the pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Joining a growing number of picture books portraying African-American fathers, this book shows a dad dancing and singing with his young daughter as his wife rests. It's great to see fathers shown playing with babies. The bright illustrations are alive with movement. The poem that accompanies them is lyrical and fun. It's the type of books kids will love to have read and re-read. They will also enjoy reenactments of the events portrayed. 1999, HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 3 mo. to 3. Reviewer: Alexandria LaFaye
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Mama is exhausted and is resting on the couch, Papa has his teary-eyed, little girl in his arms as he starts to sing the familiar "Hush little baby, don't you cry." with a delightful variation. As he swings, twirls and dances around, his daughter's happiness is evident. Van Heerden's soft pastel illustrations of an African American family and their little one are pure delight.
School Library Journal
PreS-While Mama is napping on the sofa, Father comforts his baby daughter and soon they are dancing and singing their way through this action poem. The little girl's hair ribbons gleefully soar as she goes "Up to the ceiling,/down to the ground/Backward, forward,/'round and 'round." Van Heerden's soft-focus artwork is animated and realistic. The red, orange, and yellow background hues radiate with the warmth of this African-American family, and the simple, catchy rhyme invites parent/child participation. A great addition to board-book collections.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
This abbreviated version of Taylor's poem,"The Baby Dance," drawing upon infants' universal love of song, weaves a few bouncing lines to make listeners wriggle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694012060
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Growing Tree Series
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 159,794
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Taylor (1782-1866) published several voumes of poetry in her lifetime and is widely anthologized. Some Anne Taylor favorites include My Mother, Baby Dance and Meddlesome Matty.

Marjorie Van Heerden is an author and illustrator of children's books who lives in South Africa, her work includes Baby Dance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    Rhymin' and Chimin', Sing-songy Timin'

    BABY DANCE has great rythym; to amuse myself, I often sing it rather than read it. It introduces directional concepts (i.e. up, down, backward, forward, 'round and 'round), too. It's nice to see a father consoling and playing with his daughter to let her mother take a nap. It's realistic that they awaken her (and the cat) at the story's end.

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