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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829417680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829417685
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dancing with My Daughter is pure music! Ferrer has caught the riffs and rhythms of life between mother and daughter. -- Mary Lou Carney, editor-in-chief, Guideposts for Kids/Teens

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the Shel Silverstein for mothers! -- Catherine Ritch Guess, author of Eagleís Wings Trilogy

About the Author

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is a wife, mother of three, speaker, and writer of fiction, non-fiction, plays, and musicals. Ferrerís work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Tampa Tribune, Palm Beach Post, and the Writerís Digest Writerís Yearbook Extra. She is a literary judge for entries in the national PTA contest Reflections and has won several dozen awards over the years, for her poems, copywriting, and magazine/newspaper articles. She and her family current reside in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer has been passionate about words for as long as she can remember--and she credits Lola Dietz, the first librarian she ever knew--for that wonderful gift. "My hometown church was blessed to have an exceptional library and a full-time librarian," the author recalls. "Mrs. Dietz introduced me to A Child's Garden of Verses, to Beverly Cleary, to Maj Lindman, and taught me the joy of reading and the satisfaction of a good story when I was still a toddler." Ferrer also credits several teachers and mentors who recognized and encouraged her gift with words for leading her to a career in writing. "I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everybody. You couldn't get away with a thing, of course, but the affection and interest and support was amazing. I HAD to be successful; I couldn't let those people down!"

Working initially as an advertising copywriter, then as a freelance journalist, Ferrer began writing books after her first child was born. Her four collections of poetry about the bliss and bedlam of motherhood and the diverse roles and responsibilities of women have been published in multiple editions, including two in Spanish. Ferrer's newest book takes her flair for words and appealing one-on-style of writing into the nonfiction arena; The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games is a how-to full of fascinating facts, step-by-step detail, and terrific trivia. "I love technology as much as anyone," says the author, "but no generation should grow up without knowing how to have fun when the power goes out and there are no AA batteries in the house."

While more nonfiction and fiction projects are in the works, Ferrer's enthusiasm for poetry will never wane. "Too many people write it off as boring because some teacher crammed too much Wordsworth and Yeats down their throat and never told them about Nash or Belloc." In 2009, Ferrer launched www.YourDailyPoem.com, a website specifically designed to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. "I consider myself a poetry missionary," she says."Anyone who thinks poetry is boring simply hasn't found the right poet; I'd like to help them out."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on March 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mother-Daughter Dance
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer possesses an unmatchable wit and precision of language which shine through in her latest collection of poems, Dancing with My Daughter: Poems of Love, Wisdom and Dreams. Breaking down the stages of her daughter's development from infancy to adulthood, each phase is represented by a dance: Waltz, Jitterbug, Tango, Samba, and Freestyle.
In the first section, Waltz, she shows a warmth and willingness to raise her daughter with dream-like wonder. Toddlerhood emerges in Jitterbug, and the dreams are less surreal. She tackles reality head on, for instance, in the poem "Mother Magic," which speaks to the heart of motherhood. Ferrer describes her daughter's foul mood as she awakens from her nap. With great triumph, she pulls her daughter out of her "royal huff." All the while, she acknowledges her own mother strength. Her daughter, the "Royal Highness" breaks out of her mood, declaring her ability to break the magic spell "because I am a Princess and I can do anything!" Ferrer looks on and replies inwardly, "Well, well. I am a mother, and I can, too."
Tango and Samba are both heart-breaking and witty. We know our daughters will say they hate us, but we dread the day it arrives. Ferrer removes the chrage of her daughter's emotions with supreme love and banter. Pressing her daughter clean her room, Ferrer treats this common issue with such grace and fun: "fill your ears with the mighty music of the vacuum cleaner, your lungs with the derelict dust of this dreadful domain." The reader can virtually smell the odiferous wet towel seeping mildew into the carpet.
Freestyle witnesses a mother's mixed emotions of letting go and wanting to hold on tight forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Day on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is one of those unpretentious poets that zing words straight to the heart. Her poems are very much aimed at the moment, but their lines will linger far beyond the grade school years of our children.
Cleverly arranged in chapters named for dances and dance styles, her newest book plays on the rhythmical interaction between mothers and children. A favorite, "Table Talk," sets up the poem like a multiple choice test, beginning with "Dear Daughter," and offering options in lines like "a)you are not talking to me this week,"/b)there is a telephone in one ear and an earphone in the other..." Most parents on reading lines like that experience an immediate, "I've been there, done that."
Another poem, "Send-off," sets up a premise all parents understand. "I have only two requests:/come home without holes/in your body/(beyond those given you by God),/and keep in mind/that old saying about/nice girls/and newspaper headlines..."
Sprinkled with humor and homily, Dancing with my Daughter can offer pleasure to a parent in a moment of solitude, and double pleasure when read aloud with children. Jayne Jaudon Ferrer's words spill from the pages in the present, but their wisdom will be handed to generation after generation, for such is the nature of poetry inspired by, and understood by, a mother's love.--Kay Day, author, A Poetry Break
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I do not usually read poetry. This book was incredible. Each poem hit the mark. The words just flowed. Jayner Ferrer is exceptionally intuitive and a joy to read. I bought this book for my mother and sisters.
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By Kate W on November 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought the author's Mother of Sons book and loved it enough to get this one for my sisters. It's the perfect size, the perfect tone, the perfect gift.
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