Dance with Me

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Young readers will find their groove with a spirited tale sure to tickle their toes and have them slapping their knees to the beat.

Two kids bopping down the street get the whole town moving in a lively tale for emerging readers. Noah Z. Jones's bright, energetic illustrations tell a parallel story, while Charles R. Smith Jr.'s rhythmic, rhyming text is guaranteed to get children shake, shake, shaking.

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Overview

Young readers will find their groove with a spirited tale sure to tickle their toes and have them slapping their knees to the beat.

Two kids bopping down the street get the whole town moving in a lively tale for emerging readers. Noah Z. Jones's bright, energetic illustrations tell a parallel story, while Charles R. Smith Jr.'s rhythmic, rhyming text is guaranteed to get children shake, shake, shaking.

A boy uses his whole body as he dances to the beat.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Candlewick's "Super Sturdy Picture Books" have neat square shapes, heavy glossy paper, and, yes, sturdy board covers. In this book, two friends and their dog slide out of the house and dance their way along city streets, energizing everyone they meet. Bouncing into a bakery, the friends pick up a cake; twirling, they choose a pig-shaped balloon; wiggling and shaking, they shop at the pet store. Even the animals—a green iguana, a friendly pup, a furry ferret, red and white birds—join the choreography. As the dancers hurry toward another friend's front stoop, young readers can have fun guessing what's going on behind the lighted window. "Shake, shake, shake it, baby!" It is a birthday party with bright balloons and a table full of gifts (the friends' gift turns out to be the iguana). Noah Z. Jones's joyful illustrations, bursting with color and full of curving lines, are both simple and sophisticated, inviting kids to "Come and dance with me!" Readers may recall Jones's appealing pictures for Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, Candlewick, 2007. Enthusiastic participants could have fun producing their own jazzy beat to help them bounce through this cool mini-ballet. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

This book is slightly larger than most board books, but its simple text makes it a good choice for emerging readers as well as preschoolers. A Caucasian boy and a black girl wiggle, twist, and twirl to the bakery, through a park, and to the pet store to purchase a cake and gifts on their way to a party. The rhyming verses and bouncy pictures encourage readers to "Shake,/shake,/shake it,/baby!/Come and dance with me!" The smiling children and the people they meet bop and shimmy along with the beat, although the story told in the pictures is unrelated to the text and appears to be entirely the illustrator's interpretation. Purchase as needed.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
"Shake, shake, shake it, baby! / Come and dance with me!" Two children travel through their neighborhood, preparing for a party; as they go, they invite both readers and everyone they meet to join in the fun. Jones creates a welcoming urban landscape Keats's Peter would recognize in color, shape and zest, peopling it with a diverse cast of humans and animals who all end up obligingly wiggling, moving and bouncing along with the main characters. The use of repetitive, highly chantable wording engages this book's very young audience, supporting language development even as it encourages them to throw their whole bodies into the experience of reading it. The book may be shared equally well with large and small groups, making it an apt choice for storytimes and creative play. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622466
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Series: Super Sturdy Picture Books Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. Smith

Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of the Super Sturdy Picture Books LET'S PLAY BASEBALL! and LET'S PLAY BASKETBALL!, both illustrated by Terry Widener, as well as TWELVE ROUNDS TO GLORY: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD ALI, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY by Kelly Bennett, THE MONSTER IN THE BACKPACK by Lisa Moser, and THOSE SHOES by Maribeth Boelts. He lives in Camden, Maine.

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