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Too Big to Dance Hardcover – April, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Alligator Acres, in the steamy bayou of Crawdad County, is home to Cecil the alligator and his friends, Woo the armadillo and Eloise the zebra. One night, they venture out to the county dance where the Cajun music of Corndog Willie and the Slackjaws has the crowd at the Laissez Faire hopping. Poor Eloise is too big to fit into the dance hall, so she wanders off to the nearby hill to listen by her lonesome. Woo spots his friend and, since "Armadillo hearts are precious things, they feel deeper than the river," he goes out to join her. Cecil, missing Woo, grabs an accordion and leads the dancers and musicians out to the hillside for a moon- and starlit dance. The cut-paper illustrations are festive with bright colors and sweet touches throughout. The endpapers resemble strings of colored beads. Unfortunately, the rhymed text has a slightly lumpy meter with some sentences being short and some long. Tenses change from past to present back to past, which can be confusing. Still, the book has a certain charm to it.–Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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About the Author

Doug Anderson has played instruments in various settings and genres including folk, country, rock, and jug bands. When not writing, singing, or playing (harmonica, banjo, and guitar), Doug teaches in the philosophy department at Pennsylvania State Universi

Sara Anderson is a versatile designer and children's illustrator. Alongside her work on children's books, she has also designed fabric, ceramics, and furniture for clients as diverse as MoMA and Crate and Barrel from her studio in Seattle. Her previous boo
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hand Print (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593540469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593540463
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,066,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Gioulis on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just saw the animated version on Sara's website and it is Wonderful! Rich in color and fun to read, it will entertain children and adults alike, over and over! Though my kids are grown, I'm ordering my copy pronto! Thanks, cousins, for a most enjoyable joint venture!
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The colorful illustrations and the compassionate story are great for young children learning the importance of inclusion and having fun at the same time.
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Our daughter is two and she loves this book! The pages are colorful, there are tons of fun animals and the rhyming keeps her entertained!
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A heartwarming story line with colorful, whimsical illustrations. Should be nominated for the Caldecott Award!
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By rjg on April 16, 2015
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Love it!
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