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Author: Sandra Boynton

Illustrator: Sandra Boynton

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Publisher: Workman Publishing Co, Inc,

Material: board book

Summary: The animals at the farm share a dance. This one is a poem/rhyme driven by the music of the animals' dancing and singing.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8, 4 to 8

Age of Child: 18 months and counting

Young Reader Reaction: An instant hit. Within 2 days she was pulling the book from the shelf, dancing around the room and making the animal noises (especially cock-a-doodle-do).

Adult Reader Reaction: A very easy read that moves quickly. It's been great to see the little one's reaction, and even better to have her read it herself. A good book, but not the best Boynton out there.

Pros: S/he loves to sing the animals' parts…and is very proud that she can anticipate the sounds. A great confidence builder! You can introduce new skills: slide, skitter, swing, promenade.

Cons: It moves very fast, so the dance is done before you know it. If the child isn't inclined to read it independently, you may have LOTS of repeats in one sitting.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it. It's a nice book, but there are other Boynton books with longer shelf lives. For the price, it may be worth buying to trade with a friend.

If You Liked This Book, Try: IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE   LITTLE KANGAROO, I LOVE YOU! (A Read-and-Squeeze Sweet Talkin' Book)   GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK

Educational Themes: The lyrics are built around the various animals' voices, so there's an opportunity to match animal names with the sounds they make.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2003

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