From School Library Journal
PreS–Mama and Papa put their baby down for a nap, but the youngster feels like dancing. Each time the adults set out to do a chore, Baby escapes the crib and boogie-woogies, cha-chas, or shooby-doobies with a different stuffed-animal companion. Soft pastel illustrations portray a cozy farmhouse and sturdy flaps on every other page hide the toys so that listeners can guess who the next dance partner will be. "While Papa shaved his whiskers,/And Mama washed her wig.../Baby danced the polka/With the polka-dotted... Pig." In the end, the entire family, including the cat, cannot resist temptation: " 'Get your fiddle!' said the mama./ 'And your dancing shoes!' said Pa./ 'We'll have the best ol' polka-fest/In all of Arkansas!'" Baby finally falls asleep after the sun goes down "With dreams of polka parties/Still a-dancing in his head." A bright and lively bedtime selection.–Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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PreS. What a happy, rollicking baby. And what a rolling, rhythmic text. It's naptime on the farm, but instead of staying in his crib, Baby gets out and starts dancing. With whom? Lift the flap and see his stuffed pig. Then it's back to bed, but "while Papa stretched his long johns / and Mama stitched her coat / Baby boogie-woogied / with the frisky little . . .". Yes, behind the flap is a stuffed goat. Three- and four-year-olds will enjoy screeching out what's coming next, but even toddlers will enjoy the rhyme and disclosing the animal Baby's dancing partner. The sprightly pen-and-watercolor artwork bears a very strong resemblance to the work of Helen Oxenbury. Although these pictures aren't as accomplished, their warm, cozy feeling has the same appeal. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved