Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Based on the song of the same name, this book provides more detail into who those "buffalo girls" were. Personifying a group of farm animalsBuffalo Flo, Gertie May Goose, Cassie Sue Cat, and Patty Ann Pigthe poem follows each lady getting ready for the dance and their joy in the upcoming occasion. "Gals from the farm stroll on by, arm in arm. They glide to the glen, but . . .where are the men? How could they be late for a toe-tapping date?" The gentlemen finally arrive and a delightful dance insures. The illustrations by Francis are joyful and exuberant and the animals all seem to be having a wonderful time. This is a delightful picture book for emergent readers and will allow for joyful read alouds for those parents who enjoy reading aloud to their children.
School Library Journal
Ryder, the author of many lyrical science-based books, enters more playful territory in this picture book. Taking the traditional folk song "Buffalo Gals" as an inspiration, she and Francis have created an exuberant animal fantasy. Buffalo Flo gets an invitation to "come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon" and proceeds to collect her friends Goose, Cat, and Pig for the occasion. Each animal dresses with care, piles into Flo's car, and heads to the dance. "'I've got my banjo,'/yells old Farmer Snow./'Gals and guys, give a cheer/now that everyone's here!'" The rhymes dance, and so do Francis's paintings. Detailed moonlit landscapes are filled with animal characters that seem to leap from the pages. One just might wish that original lyrics had been included in the book. This team has created something quite enchanting under the moon.
Kathleen WhalinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The invitation reads, "Can't you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon?" Buffalo Flo, in her elegant bow, rounds up the other farm gal invitees, Gertie May Goose, Cassie Sue Cat and Patty Ann Pig, for the "surprise" event. They arrive all gussied up only to find that the men folk are late for their toe-tapping date. Surprise! It's Farmer Snow's barnyard party thanking the animals for all they do. Ryder literally takes the chorus of "Buffalo Gals" and spins off an amusing rhyming tale. The cartoon illustrations playfully depict the gals and guys "puttin' on the ritz" with visual puns and clever accents, e.g. the magazine on Patty Ann Pig's couch is In Sty. Adults may notice some missteps in the rhymes and a puzzling reference in the blurb to Farmer Snow's "annual" party that seems inconsistent with the surprise buildup, but kids will enjoy the story as another silly farm-animal book, without knowing the song or its origin. Overall, the conceit is clever even though it stumbles a bit. (Picture book. 4-6)