"A library book, I imagine, is a happy book." Cornelia Funke

"Everything puts me in mind of a story." Ben Franklin

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Another Great Storytime Book: Dancing Feet!

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown, is another adorable book for your storytimes. Beginning with the cheerful: "Tippity! Tippity! Little black feet! Who is dancing that tippity beat?", Craig  introduces us to a merry gang of dancing creatures. Kids will enjoy being able to guess the identity of each dancer, based on a rhyming clue and a flash of each animal, before the page is turned for the big reveal. They will also love imitating each beast's movements, from stomping to creeping.

The colorful art gives us joyful animals and finally, children, loving the beat. Brown worked with hand-painted papers in a collage technique, and the basic shapes he put together add up to irresistible characters. I especially love the broadly beaming ladybugs!

I will eagerly present this at one of my fall Family Storytimes.

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