Let's Dance, Grandma!

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More than anything, Lucy loves to dance. But her mother warns her not to try to dance when her grandma comes to visit, because grandmas simply do not dance.

Together Lucy and her grandma play ball, hide-and-seek, cards, and even dress up. But what Lucy wants more than anything is to dance one dance with her grandma. Will she get her wish?

Written and illustrated by Nigel McMullen, this sweet story about the ...

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Overview

More than anything, Lucy loves to dance. But her mother warns her not to try to dance when her grandma comes to visit, because grandmas simply do not dance.

Together Lucy and her grandma play ball, hide-and-seek, cards, and even dress up. But what Lucy wants more than anything is to dance one dance with her grandma. Will she get her wish?

Written and illustrated by Nigel McMullen, this sweet story about the love between a young girl and her grandma will win the hearts of grandmas and granddaughters everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Lucy loves dancing. She also loves her grandmother. So naturally, the little fox wants to groove with grandma. The only problem is that "Grandmas don't dance," at least according to her mom. Grandma is no slouch, though. She loves playing ball, horsey, dress-up, lions, and hide-and-seek. At the end of their long, rambunctious day together, Grandma surprises Lucy by showing her that she does dance after all-she just dances in her own way. The story is told in lively, energetic prose, with subtle humor. The tenderness in the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter, as well as a sense of fun, is captured well. The book explores a question that is important for children to consider: How is playing with a grandparent often different from playing with a peer or parent? McMullen offers an authentic picture of the grandmother's physical limitations and fatigue (she needs her nap) while depicting her as exuberant and playful. The book would serve as a great starting point for a conversation to help youngsters understand that grandparents might not be able to interact in the way they want them to, and it also shows that older relatives have unique and surprising gifts-if children are open to them. The cartoon illustrations depict foxes that are somehow simultaneously fierce and cute. Some details, such as the grandmother's distended belly, seem slightly odd, but the illustrations as a whole match the high quality of the text.—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
A young fox tries to share her passion for dancing when her grandmother comes to visit. Will she succeed in getting Grandma up on her feet? Lucy loves to dance, but Mom warns on her way out of the house that there will be "No dancing, Lucy. You'll wear Grandma out. Grandmas don't dance." This does not stop Lucy from trying. Each time she tries to coax her grandmother to dance, the older fox just shakes her head. Instead, they play ball, dress-up and cards. Readers will notice the knocked-over vase of flowers, the way the grandmother nurses her aching back and her overall fatigue as she attempts to keep up with her energetic granddaughter. Lucy finally realizes that Grandma may need to rest when she finds her napping in her hiding place during a game of hide-and-seek. When Lucy requests to cuddle instead of dance, Grandma responds in a most delightful way. A sung lullaby leads to gentle swaying, and soon both are dancing, "slowly at first, but then faster, until it seemed to Lucy that the whole world was dancing." McMullen's appealing watercolor illustrations skillfully paint the contrast between Lucy's perky enthusiasm and Grandma's careful movements. This intergenerational story has an ending sure to satisfy. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060507473
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 312,906
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel McMullen originally worked in ceramics and animation. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including It's Too Soon! and Not Me!, and has coauthored several other books, including The Monster Party and The Haunted Castle with Stephanie Laslett and Don't Worry William with Christine Morton. He lives in the Lake District National Park in England with his wife and their Border collie.

Nigel McMullen originally worked in ceramics and animation. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including It's Too Soon! and Not Me!, and has coauthored several other books, including The Monster Party and The Haunted Castle with Stephanie Laslett and Don't Worry William with Christine Morton. He lives in the Lake District National Park in England with his wife and their Border collie.

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