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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gingerbread House; 1st. Ed edition (September 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940112116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940112117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,377,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 4–A counting book that doesn't measure up. And-a-1 And-a-2 And-a-3 And-a-4, Four dainty numbers waltz across the floor. As the numerals dance, the verses sketch the chaos that results from 5 and 6 (rumba and samba dancers) attempting to share the floor, followed by 7 through 10, who are enjoying country line dancing. The numbers, each of a slightly different design and color, border the right side of the spreads in small squares and tumble over the dance floor in larger form, colliding with each other. They try out one another's steps as order is restored and then they all go back to their own styles less boisterously. The verse does not flow naturally in structure or in rhythm, with yahoo made to rhyme with lasso and questionable words such as crumped and rump used to fit the rhyme scheme. In one place, the couplets become triplets. The digital illustrations, rendered from mixed media, have the look of minimalist collages, with largely white pages where the numbers, occasionally embellished by a prop, are cavorting. For a few pages, a background with wallpaper design is used. The general effect is not particularly appealing. The dance-floor milieu is unlikely to draw a preschool or primary-grade audience, and the book doesn't work as an exercise in artistic design for older children.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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"The beautiful illustrations and rhythmic text are enchanting and will spark
interesting conversations—not to mention dancing with sheer pleasure."  —ABA's BookSense Picks for Winter 2005-06

"It takes some lassoing to calm things down, and soon everyone is dancing to their own tune."  —Association of Booksellers for Children's "Best Books for Children" List

"Delightful and I am pleased to give it my highest endorsement."  —Mary Beth Farr, library development specialist, New York State Education Department 

Winner, Children's Choices Award, International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council

Shortlisted for the New York Library Association's Book of the Season, Fall 2005

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Numbers Dance: A Counting Comedy is a counting book written to show that numbers can be fun. The whimsical rhymes and extravagant color illustrations tell about the adventures of numbers as they get into a wild and rowdy dance contest! "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 / Have roped the others like fiddlesticks. / Rolling and tussling they're breaking them in. / Now, bronco-busted, those numbers spin // So that 7, and 8, and 9 and 10 / Dance an old waltz from way-back-when." A silly yet vibrant and enjoyable read-aloud story, with characters that just happen to be numbers with a personality.
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More About the Author

Josephine Nobisso's first story appeared in a national magazine when she was 18. In the ensuing 40+ years, she has published close to 90 books, mostly for children, but also published three romance novels for adults, under two pseudonyms. She has been published by many major houses, including Simon & Schuster, Putnam (Berkley/Jove), Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic (Orchard), Green Tiger Press, Rizzoli International, Pauline Books & Media, Winsow International, and Mondo Publishing. Her books have been translated into as many as 12 languages. Miss Nobisso regularly writes EFL books for three major Korean publishers, including Oxford University Press, and one of her Korean series has been turned into animated cartoons in that country.

With her daughter, Art Director Maria Nicotra, Josephine also runs the small press, Gingerbread Publishing House. It was launched in 2000 to bring back into print 3 of her out-of-print titles, but has since acquired 1 other o.p. title, and has gone on to produce 6 beloved and enduring original titles. Their list of 10 books, distributed by Independent Publishers Group, have won dozens of awards, and have appeared in the following five 5 major motion pictures, as set dressings:

"Motherhood," with Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver
"The Other Woman," with Natalie Portman and Scott Cohen
"The Switch," with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman
"Friends with Kids," with John Hamm and Megan Fox
"Two Days in New York," with Chris Rock and Julie Delpy

Each year, for the past quarter decade, and to consistently rave evaluations, Miss Nobisso conducts about 100 author visits and/or workshops in "The Nobisso Recommendations: Guiding Students to Write in Their Authentic Voices," part of which comes to life in her Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing, a book for which she received "The Global Learning Initiative Award" for "The Best Trade Book (in the world!) with Educational Application"-- a singular citation jointly administered by the Association of Education Publishers and the Bologna Children's Book Fair. She has conducted dozens of staff develoment workshops, and presents intensive and innovative writing workshops at univerities in the United States and Italy.

The National Catholic Educational Association named her "Distinguished Graduate," The Wiilliam Floyd School District honored her with the "Distinquished Alumni Award" in 2013, and Delta Kappa Gamma--the international society of honored teachers-- named her "Friend of Education," for "someone outside the profession who has worked significantly toward improving the educational opportunities of others, and who has given outstanding service to promoting quality education."

Among the very many honors that Miss Nobisso books have received are five other awards for Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing:
-the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council "Children's Choice Award,"
-an American Booksellers Association BookSense "Pick of the Lists" citation,
-a Parents' Choice Award,
-a National Parenting Publications Award,
-and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist.

Her 9 books eligible for awards have earned an extraordinary amount of other significant citations, among them:
-4 International Reading Association-Children's Book Council's "Children's Choices" awards
-Winner of The Northern Minnesota "Best Book of the Year Award"
-The National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council's "Notable Social Studies Books for Young People," citation
- Learning Magazine's "Teachers' Choice Award"
-3 "The Catholic Press Association Awards"
-Parents' Magazine's "Best Books of the Year" citation
-Named to Bank Street College of Education's "Best Books of the Year" list
-National Parenting Publications Award, "NAPPA"
-3 Gold Independent Publisher's Awards, the "IPPY's"
-3 Gold "Moonbeam Awards"
-"Indie Excellence" Gold Award
-Silver Nautilus Book Award
-3 ForeWord Magazine "Book of the Year" finalists
-2 "Storyteller World" Awards
-Parent Council's "Outstanding" citation
-"Parents' Choice Foundation Recommended Book"
-4 Gold Medal "Mom's Choice Awards"
-Winner of the "Green Earth Book Festival."
-"The Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices" list
-Named to The Kansas-National Education Association's "Reading Circle"
-2 "Best Books of the Year" citations from the Association of Booksellers for Children
-5 American Booksellers' Association's "Pick of the Lists" (aka "Book Sense 76" and "Book Sense Picks")

Josephine is active with aspiring writers, co-founding The Long Island Children's Writers and Illustrators (LICWI) group more than 2 decades ago. Intermittently, since the early 1970's, she has been a member of The Author's Guild and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She cites having been acknowledged in 9 books by fellow writers as being the source of her greatest authorial pride.

Born to Italian parents on February 9, 1953, in the Bronx, Miss Nobisso attended P.S. 32 there, for Kindergarten, Saint Martin of Tours until the 4th grade, St. John the Evangelist Elementary School, and Mercy High School, in Riverhead, New York. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz, after having spent several semesters at l'Universita' degli Studi, in Urbino, Italy. In 3 years she earned a Provisional Teaching Certification, with a Specialization in Early Childhood, and graduated cum laude with a Contract Major in Foreign Languages. Miss Nobisso's languages are English, Italian (including the dialect, "'a Lengua Napuletan'"), passable French, and some German. She homeschooled her daughter from the 5th grade through high school. They live on the East End of Long Island, and on l'Alta Costiera Amalfitana, where they sing in the choir of La Santissima Annuziata.

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