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Timothy the pig, Sylvie the cat, and the rest of the troupe celebrate the art of dance. They all frolic across the pages of this clever little book, straight into the hearts of all who see the joy of movement on the animals' smiling faces. Full color.

A number of animals demonstrate some of the many different ways to dance, from bumping and romping to swirls and pliâes.

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Overview

Timothy the pig, Sylvie the cat, and the rest of the troupe celebrate the art of dance. They all frolic across the pages of this clever little book, straight into the hearts of all who see the joy of movement on the animals' smiling faces. Full color.

A number of animals demonstrate some of the many different ways to dance, from bumping and romping to swirls and pliâes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A graceful yellow pig and a dainty brown cat twirl through this captivating volume. In the opening pages, an old trunk full of tutus, tiaras, masks, canes and hats sets off a high-spirited, dancing fantasy. Spiraling lines and arrows indicate the animals' constant movement, whether spinning, tapping or swinging their arms. The action carries across every spread, so that the dance seems nonstop, and the staccato "Plink. Plank! Pli. Plop! / I want to dance until I drop" is impossible to read without lively enunciation. They soon join dancing dogs, tortoises, bears and mice for a ball; though there is no background detail, some paper party lights dangling from above and a spray of black-ink confetti suggest a festive mood. Wavy lines and airborne notes emanate from musical instruments; Schumaker's ink drawings-loosely detailed in silk screen-opaque brown, yellow, red, green and blue-are as gestural as Richard McGuire's What Goes Around Comes Around stencils. Yet these illustrations aren't as tightly controlled, and the pen itself seems to flow as effortlessly as a dancer. Ages 3-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
It is hard not to feel the rhythm of the dance in Schumaker's text and illustrations. As the main character, a joyful yellow pig, jumps, stomps, bumps, and romps his way across the pages, various other creatures join the dance. A cat, a dog, a rabbit, a bear, a fox, several turtles, insects, mice, ducks, monkeys and a kangaroo twirl and spin with him. They do the fox trot, square dance, jive, tango, ballet, dragon dance, line dance, fan dance, and many more. Even the text hops and jumps with the pig and his friends. Schumaker's illustrations and poetic language really do evoke the joy of dance.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A simple, rhythmic text celebrates the diversity and energy of dance-"Dance to a horn! Dance to a drum. Dance while I sing, dance while I hum." The rollicking verse invites toe-tapping, and the cartoon line drawings portray familiar animals thumping, hopping, swirling, and twirling. Unfortunately, the illustrations aren't as enticing as the playful text. The six-color design includes pea green, mustard yellow, and muted blue, creating a 1950s look. The white backgrounds of some of the double-page spreads lack zest, and the overall visual effect fails to celebrate the vitality of dance. Contemporary children, used to vivid color and images, will find the book lackluster. Linda Lowery's Twist with a Burger, Jitter with a Bug (Houghton, 1995) is a similar title with much greater visual appeal.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Ilene Cooper
The title says it all. Young readers will want to get up and dance, once they see these cats, pigs, and dogs whirling and twirling around. The rhyming text is slight but has plenty of bounce: Let's make a circle! / Let's make a square! / Let's make a line that goes nowhere / but--to dance! Featuring an exuberant conga line, the impressive two page-spreads that accompany these lines are a delight. In fact, all the pictures, done mostly in yellow, blue, and tan and accented with pen, are wonderfully distinctive; Schumaker has certainly captured the ability to demonstrate motion in his art. Fun for story hours, but watch out--kids might feel like doing the tango instead of fingerplays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152000462
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Lexile: 80L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.83 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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