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Baby Danced the Polka

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It's nap time on the farm, but one un-sleepy baby has a different plan...

Will Baby do the cha-cha? Will Mama flip her wig?

Will Baby dance the polka with a polka-dotted pig?

Perfect fun for young children who like lively stories, this happy tale invites all to join in and dance along.  Read, sing, lift the flaps, do a little jip-and-twirl!  It's a toe-tappin', ...

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It's nap time on the farm, but one un-sleepy baby has a different plan...

Will Baby do the cha-cha? Will Mama flip her wig?

Will Baby dance the polka with a polka-dotted pig?

Perfect fun for young children who like lively stories, this happy tale invites all to join in and dance along.  Read, sing, lift the flaps, do a little jip-and-twirl!  It's a toe-tappin', no-nappin' good time when baby starts to boogie.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
A tiny tot shakes his groove thing -- and avoids his bedtime -- in this toe-tappin' flap book from Karen Beaumont and Good Night, Good Knight illustrator Jennifer Plecas. Down on the farm, Mama and Papa are trying to get Baby to go to sleep. "But instead... While Papa shaved his whiskers, / And Mama washed her wig... / Baby danced the polka / With the polka-dotted...PIG." Mama and Papa keep putting Baby back to bed, but the peppy toddler only finds more animals to dance with, including a boogie-woogying goat, a cha-cha-ing cow, and a shooby-doobying sheep. Cleverly, though, the parents realize that maybe they should "have the best ol' polka-fest / In all of Arkansas!" instead, and when the moon finally comes up, a tuckered Baby snuggles up "With dreams of polka parties / Still a-dancing in his head." Containing loads of booty-shaking fun and large flaps that reveal various animals cutting a rug, Beaumont and Plecas's book will have any child doing the two-step and more. Matt Warner
From The Critics
A farmer and his wife plan to do chores while their baby sleeps, but "while Papa hauled the water,/And Mama fixed the chow.../Baby danced the cha-cha/With the chocolate-colored...COW." Cheery pictures capture the irrepressible toddler as he boogies in his bed with stuffed animals hidden behind flaps. (Ages birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
A nimble tyke tangos his way out of naptime in this blithe, lift-the-flap book with sturdy laminated pages. Down on the farm, Mama and Papa repeatedly try to put Baby down for a nap: "Inside, Baby closed his eyes./ `Sleep tight,' his mama said./ `Your pa and I have chores to do./ You better stay in bed.' " But, as soon as Mama and Papa leave the room, Baby leaps up, shaking his groove thing with a different stuffed animal each time. "While Papa shaved his whiskers,/ And Mama washed her wig / Baby danced the polka/ With the polka-dotted...." The rhymed answer is hidden by a large flap, which depicts Baby dancing as his body masks his partner. By lifting the flap, readers reveal the impish infant dancing with an equally animated animal (in this case, a spotted pink pig). After abortive attempts to keep Baby in bed, Mama and Papa give in, and they all dance the night away, deciding, "We'll have the best ol' polka-fest/ In all of Arkansas." Beaumont's (Being Friends) rhymes roll perfectly off the tongue, making the story ideal for reading aloud. Using paints, colored pencils and sketchy, black outlines, Plecas (Love That Baby!) captures hilarious facial expressions and jubilant dance poses. This tireless toddler and his toe-tapping is likely to dance his way into readers' hearts. Ages 2-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A lift the flap picture book that has everything one wants for little kids: engaging rhyme scheme, easy and fun to read aloud, bright illustrations and anticipatory writing. Here's what I mean, "Inside, Baby closed his eyes. Sleep tight," his mama said. "Your pa and I have chores to do. You better stay in bed." But instead, "While Papa shaved his whiskers And Mama washed her wig" Baby danced the polka with the polka dotted "(lift the flap) PIG" The flap gives kids a chance to guess what's under it. The rhythm gets your toes tapping and the delight on the baby's face as he dances with the animals will make you grin as well. Great fun! 2004, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 2 to 5.
—Sharon Levin
School Library Journal
PreS-Mama and Papa put their baby down for a nap, but the youngster feels like dancing. Each time the adults set out to do a chore, Baby escapes the crib and boogie-woogies, cha-chas, or shooby-doobies with a different stuffed-animal companion. Soft pastel illustrations portray a cozy farmhouse and sturdy flaps on every other page hide the toys so that listeners can guess who the next dance partner will be. "While Papa shaved his whiskers,/And Mama washed her wig-/Baby danced the polka/With the polka-dotted- Pig." In the end, the entire family, including the cat, cannot resist temptation: "`Get your fiddle!' said the mama./`And your dancing shoes!' said Pa./`We'll have the best ol' polka-fest/In all of Arkansas!'" Baby finally falls asleep after the sun goes down "With dreams of polka parties/Still a-dancing in his head." A bright and lively bedtime selection.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The toddler and nursery-school sets will delightedly clap and cavort in step with this wide-awake baby, who boogies with a succession of toy animals rather than settle down to sleep. Plecas's cartoon scenes of young parents in a cozy country home, patiently corralling their exuberant offspring again and again, make inviting backgrounds for an infectious rhyme, modeled on "The lady with the alligator purse," and with easily guessable punch lines hidden beneath small gatefolds: "While Papa hauled the water / And Mama fixed the chow / Baby danced the cha-cha / With the chocolate-colored . . . COW. / Whoa! Papa's water! / Whoa! Mama's chow! / 'Go!' Baby giggled with the chocolate-colored cow." Mama and Papa eventually throw in the towel, and dance along until the setting sun sends Baby at last to dancing dreams. Don't even try to sit still with this one. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803725874
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 239,410
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.17 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Plecas lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Must buy - Children's Book

    I buy 5 copies of this book at a time - so I have it on hand for gifts. Everyone I have given it to has told me how much they enjoyed reading to their little ones. It is a great book for reading aloud. It has flaps to open - so there is some interaction with the story. If you read it once - you will want to read it again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Very creative and fun

    My 2 year old loves this book. I have read it on and off to her since she was 1 and she still enjoys it. Very creative and fun to read. Different than your typical nighttime go to sleep books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    fun book!

    My 2.5 year old absolutely loves this book. There is a great rhythm to it. We have read it so much, I stop reading in the middle of a sentenece and she fills in the blanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    Great book!

    My one year old son and I really enjoy this book. He loves to lift the flaps to see the animals and to practice his moos and baas. I love the rhymes and the illustrations of all the dancing. I don't mind reading this one over and over again because it is so much fun!

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