Tap-Dance Fever

Tap-Dance Fever

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by Pat Brisson, Nancy Cote
     
 

From sunrise to sunset, Annabelle can't keep her feet from moving. She's worn out her mother's linoleum. She's danced a hole in the schoolhouse floor. She's danced a ridge into Creek Road that causes Mr. Harville T. Stone's tire to blow. Even Mrs. Ethel Pontoon's chickens are upset. They refuse to lay eggs as long as Annabelle keeps dancing. It seems Annabelle has

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From sunrise to sunset, Annabelle can't keep her feet from moving. She's worn out her mother's linoleum. She's danced a hole in the schoolhouse floor. She's danced a ridge into Creek Road that causes Mr. Harville T. Stone's tire to blow. Even Mrs. Ethel Pontoon's chickens are upset. They refuse to lay eggs as long as Annabelle keeps dancing. It seems Annabelle has turned the entire town topsy-turvy with her terpsichore. Now the citizens have banded together to stop Annabelle once and for all! But the people of Fiddler's Creek are in for a big surprise when they try to cure Annabelle's Tap-Dance Fever.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Annabelle Applegate's tapping toes have worn out the linoleum in her mama's kitchen and dug a hole in the schoolhouse floor. The townsfolk are upset by her antics and blame her for their problems, including broken eyeglasses and chickens that refuse to lay eggs. They put obstacles in her path, and Deputy Thistledown steals her tap shoes, but nothing stops Annabelle's enthusiasm for dancing. One day, she encounters dozens of rattlesnakes near Mrs. Pontoon's henhouse, and they dance along with her. She leads them to the fairgrounds stage, and in no time becomes a champion and celebrity. Tourists come from miles around, and the town prospers. Cote's appealing watercolor-and-gouache cartoon illustrations are lively and expressive, and portray a multicultural community. Fans of Brisson's Wanda's Roses (Boyds Mills, 1994) will enjoy this jazzy new protagonist. This toe-tapping tale will dance its way into the hearts of readers, who will appreciate its humor and the resourcefulness of its heroine.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Annabelle Applegate is the tap-dancingest girl in Fiddler's Creek. She wears out her ma's kitchen linoleum, makes a hole in the rickety schoolhouse floor and keeps Mrs. Pontoon's hens from laying. Folks ask her to stop, but the song in her head makes her feet move-definitely, "Tap Dance Fever." Folks complain to the Mayor, who tries putting "dance-defyin' " things in the road, taking her tap shoes, and then her work boots, but Annabelle just taps her way around the rubble, nails bottle caps to her daddy's work boots and tapes pennies to her bare heels. Then Annabelle encounters a passel of rattlesnakes in the road, but they just join in the dancing. Problem solved: She becomes a tourist attraction with her dancing snakes, opens a dance studio and gives lessons-dancing away all the town's troubles. The comic watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are kicky themselves, adding bounce and pep. Stand back, Radio City Rockettes: This silly fun will have kids dancing in the aisles. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590782903
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
681,803
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Pat Brisson is the author of more than a dozen highly acclaimed books for children, including the award-winning The Summer My Father Was Ten. Pat lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey; she and her husband have four grown sons.

Nancy Cote is the author and illustrator of It Feels Like Snow and Flip-Flops, an American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists." She is illustrated , many other award-winning books. She lives in Somerset, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Youngsters will almost 'hear the beat of those dancing feet' when they read this improbable but funny story about the most determined-to-dance girl the population of Fiddler's Creek has ever seen. Annabelle Applegate is not only set on dancing but she taps those toes every waking hour of the day. She danced so much that she wore out the linoleum in her mother's kitchen, and she even danced a hole through the schoolhouse floor. Now, it wouldn't have caused such a furor if the Tap-Dance Fever that had control of Annabelle just affected her but it took its toll on others, too. The ridge she danced in the road caused a tire to blow, and some chickens refuse to lay eggs. Obviously, this is a crisis. So, an emergency meeting is called to try to figure out how to stop this twinkle-toed young miss. Citizens come up with several ideas - none of which are effective. Why, when they take away her tap shoes, she dances in boots. When they take away her boots, she tapes pennies to the bottoms of her feet. What to do? That's the surprise for both Annabelle and young readers. - Gail Cooke
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute story. I really love the illustrations - especially how Anabelle’s dresses are drawn! The story has a funny and happy ending to it. Kids will hopefully learn from Annabelle. She’s always happy and doing what she likes best no matter what the problem. That’s being a good role model. I recommend this book to kids 5+! NOTE- I purchased this book at an arts festival the author was at.
child-advocate More than 1 year ago
This fun book is a must have for anyone with a young dancer in the house. Just hope thay don't bring home their own dancing rattlesnakes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago