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WINNER OF BEST BOOKS FOR BABIES 2011
Awarded by Fred Rogers Company along with The School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC)

2010 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
GOLD WINNER
DANCING FEET!

Dancing Feet! was selected for UNITED THROUGH READING programme and 2011 TEXAS 2X2 READING LIST.

Voted one of TOP FIVE CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 2010 by Salt Lake City Public Library.

Welcome Lindsey Craig’s fresh new voice to the world of children’s books as she partners with the renowned Marc Brown of Arthur fame. These two bring together lively language and jubilant art that will have kids joyfully dancing and romping around on their happy feet. Smiles galore in this great colourful read-aloud, move-around, lyrical, laughable book that is sure to become a classic in children’s books.

“This will be fun in the classroom!”
– Kindergarten Teacher

                                                

*STARRED REVIEW*--Publishers Weekly

DANCING FEET!

 

Consistently in step with newcomer Craig's toe-tapping narrative, Brown's cut-paper collages herald a fresh direction for his artwork. Recalling the simple yet sophisticated collage art of Leo Lionni (to whom Brown dedicates the book) and Eric Carle, the pictures introduce a cheerful menagerie of animals composed of basic shapes cut from hand-painted papers in an array of colours, textures, and patterns that recall everything from corrugated cardboard to exotic grasses. Celebrating movement and sound, the guessing-game story hints at the identity of each creature, initially seen retreating from the page, leaving footprints behind.

 

Spontaneous, onomatopoeic verses ask questions that are answered with a page turn: “Tippity! Tippity!/ Little black feet!/ Who is dancing that tippity beat.” leads into a spread that reveals ladybugs cavorting among leaves and dappled orange flowers. An elephant's beat is “stompity,” duck’s is “slappity,” a caterpillar's is “creepity,” and a bear's is “thumpity.” In a satisfying finale, kids wearing clothing that mimics the appearance of the various animals demonstrate their own dancing feet. Fluid repetition and snappy rhythm make this a natural for reading aloud—noisily.  (May, 2010)

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About the Author

Lindsey Craig grew up in a dancing and singing family. She often wakes up tapping her foot and hears music in everyday things, from honking cars to thrumming crickets. She has written a musical, and her children's play, Cinderella's Shakespeare, is performed nationwide. Dancing Feet! is her first foray into children's books. She lives with her husband and children on a small island in Washington State. Marc Brown is the creator of Arthur, the star of many picture books and a six-time Emmy Award-winning PBS television show. He is also the illustrator of Buying, Training & Caring for Your Dinosaur, by Laura Joy Rennert, and the New York Times bestsellers Wild About Books and Born to Read, both by Judy Sierra. He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City.

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