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Full Moon Barnyard Dance Hardcover – August 25, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Frog and the crickets are singing, the moon is full, and the barnyard animals can't sleep. Deciding that a dance down by the pond would be enjoyable, they line up two by two-a rather festive Noah's Ark-like procession-by their own kind. The creatures fandango and be-bop and jig to their hearts' content. Clouds cover the moon and it becomes difficult for the animals to see their dancing partners, but the partying continues. Once the sky clears and the night is bright again, the critters are dismayed to find they're swinging and swaying with different companions. Frog suggests that the dancing continue with the new partners, and it does. The walk back to the barnyard at the close of the evening reveals a much-different procession, one in which the species are intermingled and fast becoming friends. Double-page, soft, flowing ink-and-watercolor paintings deftly illustrate the farm critters and their night's festivities, and the text has a rhythm all its own. An entertaining tale with a gentle moral: mixing things up a bit can add to the fun.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Carole Lexa Schaefer is the author of many acclaimed picture books for children, including the award-winning DOWN IN THE WOODS AT SLEEPYTIME, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban, and ONE WHEEL WOBBLES, illustrated by Pierr Morgan. Carole Lexa Schaefer has a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Washington. She founded and is director of a preschool in Seattle.
Christine Davenier has illustrated or contributed to several books for children, including MABEL DANCING by Amy Hest and IN EVERY TINY GRAIN OF SAND: A CHILD'S BOOK OF PRAY'ERS AND PRAISE, edited by Reeve Lindbergh. Christine Davenier lives in Paris.
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I've read it several times now and just when you've found the rhyme, it evaporates. The awkwardness of the text really impedes the storyline and some editing is warranted. The story tries to flow, but gets caught in the muck of the barnyard. This could mostly be forgiven with great illustrations, but the soft, washed-out water colours with their many "black outlines" are busy and don't do justice to the subject; it's a limited colour palette that tries to aspire to the likes of Ian Falconer's Olivia, but falls short. My child lost interest after the second page.