Baby Danced the Polka
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Baby Danced the Polka

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by Karen Beaumont, Jennifer Plecas
     
 

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!

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Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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 Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/30/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.17(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Plecas lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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