It may be easy to dance when you feel the spring in your shoes and you're happy. But, can you dance when one foot is sore? Can you dance when you're afraid? Can you dance when you're lying on the floor? Yes, you can. When your foot is sore you "Dance with the other foot/touching the floor." If you are filled with fear, why, just "Dance like a fox/when the dogs are near," and when you're lying on the floor, you can "Dance like a snake/as it slithers to explore." This book will encourage movement and dance and will work well in a group setting. Each suggestion of when to dance is followed by a little dance routine. When lying on the floor like a snake, you "Wiggle, twist, glide,/Wiggle, twist, glide,/Stick out your tongue/and hiss!" While the illustrations don't capture the light and airy sense of movement called for by the text, they are wonderful acrylic paintings, which may be appreciated more by adults than children. 2001, G. P. Putnam's Sons, $13.99. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
PreS-Gr 3-This book combines playful illustrations with rhymes that hop, skip, and jump. The text features short verses about different situations or emotions and the dances that could go along with them: "How can you dance when/one foot's sore?/Dance with the other foot/touching the floor." They are followed by instructional verses in red: "Dance on the other foot./Spin on the other foot./Hop on the other foot./Dance, spin, hop!" The acrylic paintings on each double-page spread feature one spot-art scene over the verse showing a real situation (a girl in a chair with her bandaged foot elevated) and a large full-page-plus fantasy scene (the girl standing on one leg on a lily pad surrounded by flamingos who are also on one leg). The illustrations feature a varied cast of children and animals, and convey a wonderful sense of movement. This is not a book children will sit still for.-Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
You don't need to be enrolled in ballet or tap classes to dance; with Walton's (That's My Dog, see below, etc.) encouraging book, anyone can dance like a fox or a cloud or the king of the kangaroos. Each double-page spread repeats the "how can you dance" question with a different rhyming conclusion incorporating an emotion, limitation, location, or comparison with an animal or plant. "How can you dance when you can't move your knees? / Dance like a tree as it waves in the breeze." Each rhyme (printed in black) is followed by several nonrhyming lines of motion directions printed in red. A few of these are clever and some are clearly clunky, but as beginning rhymes they all dance along energetically, and it could do without the motion directions. López-Escrivá's bold, stylized acrylic paintings show a different child for each sort of movement, with dancing animals incorporated into each illustration and marching across the endpapers. Preschool and primary-grade teachers will find this book useful for creative movement (P.E. teachers deserve books, too), and children's librarians will find it just the ticket to get out those wiggles during storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)