When Young Melissa Sweeps

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When young Melissa sweeps, her broom becomes her dancing partner, and together they turn a common chore into an adventure. Amidst a series of jigs and reels, a waltz, and the Highland fling, even the two cats get swept away by Melissa's boundless energy and imagination. Full color. 30 pp. Ages 4-8. Pub: 3/98.

Describes how a young girl curtsies and whirls, waltzes and jigs as she sweeps the house.

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Overview

When young Melissa sweeps, her broom becomes her dancing partner, and together they turn a common chore into an adventure. Amidst a series of jigs and reels, a waltz, and the Highland fling, even the two cats get swept away by Melissa's boundless energy and imagination. Full color. 30 pp. Ages 4-8. Pub: 3/98.

Describes how a young girl curtsies and whirls, waltzes and jigs as she sweeps the house.

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Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
In this energetic book, Santini brings the poetry of the late Nancy Byrd Turner to life with her whimsical watercolor illustrations. Following the dance routine of young Melissa as she and her two cats "sweep" the floor, the book shows the exuberance, delight, and danger of a young child in a flight of fantasy while doing her chores. The text and illustrations invite child readers to join in the fun and may inspire even the most reluctant reader to dance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561451579
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    Author & Illustrator: Nancy Byrd Turner was born in 1880. S

    Author & Illustrator: Nancy Byrd Turner was born in 1880. She published a number of poems, novels, and song lyrics for children during her lifetime. She also served on the editorial staff of Youth Companion, Atlantic Monthly, and The Independent Magazine. She died in 1971.


    Debrah Santini has illustrated a number of children’s books. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a faculty member of the art department at West Georgia College.



    DISCLOSURE: We received a complimentary copy of When Melissa Dances from Peachtree Publishers in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

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    Chores aren't fun!

    Young Melissa has a lot of fun sweeping. When people were sad they just watched Melissa and then they jumped in and swept to get happy too. Melissa really likes to sweep. Although sweeping doesn’t make me as happy as it makes Melissa.

    Maybe other kids would like the pictures and the poem. There are two cats that look like they are having fun with Melissa sweeping the room. Some words weren’t right for a 4 year old to understand.

    I like the paintings on each page and seeing Melissa dancing while doing chores. I liked the start of the book because the poem flows and is nice to listen to when someone else reads. I also like that Melissa dances and makes her cat the dance partner.

    It was an okay story but I don’t like to clean that much. The words were hard for a 4 year old to read and understand. What is “gavotte” anyway? And I don’t have this much fun doing chores and I don’t think other kids have fun doing them either.

    Review by Charlotte P., age 4, Denver Mensa

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