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Baby Danced the Polka (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – March 30, 2004

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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 Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Printing edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803725876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803725874
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Slowly but surely, book by book, title by title, author Karen Beaumont is making a name for herself. She started out slowly with amusing titles like "Duck Duck Goose (A Coyote's On the Loose)" and the justifiably forgotten "Being Friends". Then, recently, she's been picking up speed. Producing books that, with the right illustrators, bring fully to life her bouncy trouncy rhythms. Beaumont isn't afraid of a little rhyme and rhythm. By the time I got around to reading "Baby Danced the Polka" I found that I'd been missing one of the hottest rhyming children's writers alive today. We can only hope that this inventive streak she's showing is the real thing and not a momentary fluke.

In "Baby Danced the Polka" you've got a lot of kid-friendly elements all jouncing around together. This book shimmies and shakes, is about a kid who doesn't want to take a nap (something so many little ones can identify with), has a beat to it, and falls into the category of lift-the-flap books. The story takes place on a sleepy farm where a mother and father have chores to do, so they put their little baby to sleep. Just the same, the baby in question isn't about to settle down for the afternoon. It proceeds to dance the polka, the boogie-woogie, the cha-cha, and the shooby-dooby with a whole host of stuffed animals. Though its parents keep insisting it go to bed, this babe can't help but put on its dancing shoes. By the end, he's convinced both Mama and Pa, so all three members of the family dance until it's night. Then, at long last, the baby goes to bed, "With dreams of polka parties / Still a-dancing in his head".

I reviewed a children's book of poetry not long ago where other reviewers complained that the poems didn't scan correctly. No such problem exists here.
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Your preschooler will choose this as a favorite book as you turn the pages filled with colorful pictures and fun rhymes. There is a flap to lift every so often that will have your preschooler helping you when you read it a second and third and........time. You can't lose with this one!
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When he wants to read, my thirteen month old pulls this book out of a bag of about 2 dozen books. He rocks back and forth to the rhythm of the words and gets excited when it is time for him to lift the flap to see the baby dancing with an animal. We originally checked out this book from the library, but are adding it to our home library now.
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We first checked this book out of our library when my daughter was about 15 months old. She loved loved loved it, and it's funny enough for both my husband and I to read it several times a day without pulling our hair out. After we checked it out for 3 month long stays at our house, I finally bought it. Now my daughter has it memorized and you can hear her all over the house "WHOA Papa's long johns! WHOA Mama's wig! "GO!" Baby polka-ed with the polka dotted pig!" All three of us highly recommend it!
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This book has been my daughter's favorite since she was about 10 months old. She is now 17 months old and always brings this book to you before bedtime. It has a nice meter and flow to it, making it fun to read. I would highly recommend this book. I have given it as a gift several times.
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Fabulous book - wonderful rhyming, colorful pictures, and FUNNY! This is a top pick for us every night and should be in every child's collection! BRAVO! BRAVO!
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I have two-year-old twins, and they are absolutely entranced by this book! After reading it to them the first time, they became and have remained simply delighted to shout out the animal names as we flip open the pages. Our copy is a library book; I'm ordering it right now and plan to see if this author has others. Again, great book!
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My two-and-a-half year old son loves this book. The rhythm and rhyme is wonderful. Not only does it start fun and hilarious, but it also is a great bedtime story because the baby eventually settles down to sleep. It's a great book to transition your kid from active to bedding down.
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