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Baby Dance (Harper Growing Tree) Board book – December 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Harper Growing Tree
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (December 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694012068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694012060
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-While Mama is napping on the sofa, Father comforts his baby daughter and soon they are dancing and singing their way through this action poem. The little girl's hair ribbons gleefully soar as she goes "Up to the ceiling,/down to the ground/Backward, forward,/'round and 'round." Van Heerden's soft-focus artwork is animated and realistic. The red, orange, and yellow background hues radiate with the warmth of this African-American family, and the simple, catchy rhyme invites parent/child participation. A great addition to board-book collections.
Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

This abbreviated version of Taylor's poem,``The Baby Dance,'' drawing upon infants' universal love of song, weaves a few bouncing lines to make listeners wriggle. An African-American father croons to his baby daughter while engaging in a spontaneous and steadily more exuberant dance. ``Dance, little baby,/move to and fro/Coo and crow, baby,/there you go.'' Van Heerden's judicious use of background colors subtly reflect the increasing tempo, as soothing blues gradually intensify into vibrant swirls of orange, yellow, and purple. A boisterous romp. (Board book. 1-3) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Customer Reviews

My 20 month old grandson loves it !!!!!
FeLicia M.
Every time we finish it, he turns it over to have me read it again.
Claire Davis
This is a short book with very colorful illustrations.
Vee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Board book
My 11-month-old loves this book because of the short, rhythmic lines, the colorful pictures, the easily-identified cat, and because her father dances with her just as the father in the book does. I love it because it's short, catchy, and I can read it fifteen times in a row without going crazy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DEva on May 9, 2005
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Our daughter has loved this book since we got it for her for Christmas. The illustrations really are bold, and my 9 month old always likes to look at this book. The pages are of course durable, and it is simple, quick reading for a tired mommy/daddy. I also like it because it is about a baby's special time with daddy.
UPDATE: our daughter is 18 months, and still loves the book...One thing I realized, you can "sing" the book with the music of "Hush little baby". I didn't know that but maybe some other people did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2000
Format: Board book
My seven month old lights up every time we read Baby Dance. She delights in the illustrations and "talks" along with the words. This is definitely her favorite book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CDS on April 9, 2006
Format: Board book
My daughter, nearly three, picked Baby Dance out of the library on her own. She has insisted on having it sung to her every night for the past three weeks. She's at the "why" stage of life -- so rather than just enjoy the pictures, she's also questioning the plot: why is the baby sad (at the beginning)? and observing "look, the mama's awake! (at the end). The book is a really sweet take on something all too familiar -- a baby's distress that mama's not always available -- but with a lovely message that dada can make baby smile, too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2005
Format: Board book
This is a lovely book about a loving father playing with his infant daughter. The delightful pictures and the expressions on the faces of the characters are sure to charm readers of all ages. Get "Pretty Brown Face" by Andrea Davis Pinkney to go with this treat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "mom2bri" on July 11, 2001
Format: Board book
My daughter (18 months) loves this book and its vibrant illustrations. I read the simple text with rolling excitement and she follows the dancing baby right to the end. Very simple and very sweet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beccy Stones on November 7, 2007
Format: Board book
My daughter loved this book as a baby. We had it out of the library so many times, I bought it when she was 10 months old. Her 3 year old brother and I both learnt it by heart from singing it to her every night. She still really likes it at 21 months old, though now we don't read it every night. I love the illustrations that show the real movement of the baby up and down, round and round, and of course that one can sing the whole book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Harvey on October 13, 2005
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This book is so lovely and my 5 month old daughter beamed the first time she saw it. The poem is simple and the pictures are so sweet. The daddy swings the baby girl all around as her tears turn into laughter. It reminds me of how my daughter and my husband play together....maybe it reminds my daughter of her daddy too! Love it!
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