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Miranda's Day to Dance

Miranda's Day to Dance

by Jackie Jasina Schaefer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With a nod to Carmen Miranda, the young protagonist in this mishmash of a picture book dances a number with fruit atop her head. On Monday and on each day thereafter, Miranda receives a gift of fruit from the animals of the jungle. Schaefer's debut text provides gentle reinforcement of counting and days of the week but offers little in terms of suspense, surprise or a strong story line. A notes section at the end of the book features the names of the South American fruits and animals featured in the artwork but delivers only cursory information. Schaefer's dark and scratchy pastels can be difficult to decipher, and while her stylized compositions are sometimes effectively moody, her figures more often appear oddly misshapen. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Schaefer's original counting book also introduces the days of the week and a number of South American animals and products. Each day a different creature brings little Miranda fruit or nuts. On Monday, a green tree snake brings one mango, and, on Tuesday, a howler monkey delivers two bananas. The gifts continue to arrive until, on Saturday, a mouse presents her with six Brazil nuts. On Sunday, no gifts arrive, but that's all right because it's Miranda's day to dance. She dances the day away in her fruit-bedecked hat ( la Carmen Miranda). While effective as both a concept book and a minimalist introduction to the area's flora and fauna, Miranda's Day to Dance is less successful as a story. It lacks drama, and, rather than building to a climax, follows the straight path to its mild surprise-Miranda's recital complete with headdress. Also, Miranda never emerges as a distinct personality. Schaefer's museum-calibre pastel illustrations, while beautiful, lack child appeal. Her palette is rather somber, and the pictures are generally static. Stick with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel, 1981) or, for Latin American flavor, Fran Lessac's Caribbean Alphabet (Tambourine, 1994).-Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
Julie Corsaro
Quirky? It's a tribute to the 1940s screen star Carmen Miranda. Slight? It has well under 100 words. Yet this simple, alliterative counting book has appealing pictures that capture the energy of dance. From Monday through Saturday, Miranda is visited by a different South American animal delivering fruit (one mango, two bananas, three pineapples, and so forth). Then on Sunday, she dons her gifts atop her blond head a la the performer: "And she danced . . . and danced." While the textured pastel drawings are a bit muddy, they abound with color and movement. This concludes with illustrated notes that identify the child's beastly callers.

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1st ed
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5 Years

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