Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Craig, Lindsey. 2010. DANCING FEET! Ill. by Marc Brown. New York: Knopf. ISBN 9780375861819[Suggested Grade Levels PreK-K]
This lively, rhythmic, and upbeat book will have children moving their dancing feet. Craig’s witty onomatopoeic descriptions of the animals’ dancing feet along with Brown’s playful illustrations will encourage children to play along in a guessing game of “which animal is dancing next.” Readers can simply chant the cadenced text or sing it to the tune of “I love you” (i.e. The Barney Song) as the ladybug, elephant, ducks, and other animals dance across the printed page in textured illustrations.
During the first reading, allow children to guess each animal before it appears in full. On the second reading, encourage the children to dance as the animals do, imitating the sounds and movements of the creepity, thumpity, stompity. dancing animals.
Other animal guessing books:
Carle, Eric. DO YOU WANT TO BE MY FRIEND? ISBN 0399215980
Guarino, Deborah. IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? 0590259385
Laden, Nina. PEEK-A WHO? ISBN 0811826023
Trapani, Iza. WHAT AM I? AN ANIMAL GUESSING GAME. ISBN 1879085666
By Maria Cahill