Dancing Matilda

Dancing Matilda

by Sarah Hager, Kelly Murphy
     
 

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Dancing Matilda dances out of bed,
dances to the drumbeat dancing in her head!

From the instant she's awake, Matilda is in constant motion. Prancing down the stairs or twirling through town, she's confident, full of life, and brimming over with joy. Nothing and no one slows this girl down!

Sarah Hager and Kelly Murphy have created a vastly vivacious and

Overview

Dancing Matilda dances out of bed,
dances to the drumbeat dancing in her head!

From the instant she's awake, Matilda is in constant motion. Prancing down the stairs or twirling through town, she's confident, full of life, and brimming over with joy. Nothing and no one slows this girl down!

Sarah Hager and Kelly Murphy have created a vastly vivacious and utterly unforgettable heroine whose infectious enthusiasm will have readers dancing along!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Dancing Matilda dances out of bed, down to breakfast, out to play, off to errands, and all the way until bedtime. Clearly going through her "ballerina phase," this chipper, loveable kangaroo cannot help but tap her toes, twirl in her tutu and take a leap or two, no matter what she is doing. The grownups in her life must adjust as her ballerina antics cause a spill or two, but her energy and love of dancing cannot be stifled. With a rhythmic, engaging beat, the poetic text will have readers tapping their toes along with Matilda. Lively illustrations draw the eye in and capture in pictures Matilda's total oblivion to anything but dance. Children and parents alike will recognize a young child's all-encompassing enthusiasm for a newly-discovered talent. The text lends itself nicely for use in a musical or movement class for young children. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-From the minute she wakes up to the minute she falls asleep, an effervescent kangaroo dances through her day. "DANCING Matilda,/DANCING queen,/DANCES to the sloshing/of the washing machine!/DANCES like a BUTTERFLY-DANCES like a BRIDE-/DANCES till her daddy says to DANCE OUTSIDE!" The youngster even capers in her dreams as she envisions taking a curtain call filled with roses from her adoring fans. The endearing Matilda is oblivious to everyone and everything around her, including mud puddles, laundry hanging to dry, and the postman. Murphy's lively and colorful illustrations are a perfect complement to the hopping and bopping verse and its spunky heroine. Pair this energetic offering with books about Katharine Holabird's "Angelina Ballerina" (Pleasant Co) or Patrica Lee Gauch's "Tanya" (Philomel) for a pirouetting good time.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Matilda is an exuberant little kangaroo who dances all day long, from the moment she hops out of bed straight through to bedtime, and even into the night in her dreams. The rhyming text follows Matilda through her day, dancing at home and around her town and then back home to dance through dinner. The amusing text sections are interspersed with a repeated refrain that gets rather annoying ("dance and dance and dance . . . "), but perhaps that is to indicate that Matilda's endless twirls and kicks might drive her parents slightly mad. Murphy's bouncy illustrations add considerable charm to the story with expressive kangaroo faces and small, humorous details for readers to discover. A little kookaburra bird appears on most pages, and Matilda is tucked into bed with her toy bear-a koala bear, of course. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060514532
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/14/2005
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sarah Hager never had any fancy dancing lessons, but her grandmother taught her the twist. Ms. Hagar, her husband, and their three children bop around Bellevue, Washington. This is her first picture book.

Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of several children's books, including her own The Boll Weevil Ball. Ms. Murphy graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently resides in Massachusetts.

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