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DANCING WITH DADDY

Author: Willy Welch

Illustrator: Liza Woodruff

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Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing Inc., 2002

Material: paperback

Summary: A pretty song on the radio causes a young girl to ask her Dad for a dance. The magic of the dance twirls them out of the kitchen to the world beyond. The poetry used to describe the dance creates a song that helps carry the tale along.

Type of Reading: Family reading, Playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Started reading with child at 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Daughter-daddy tales are normally a big hit, as is anything that suggests dancing. This one hasn't caught on. Even after nearly a dozen reads, it hasn't attracted much attention.

Adult Reader Reaction: The premise is great and the dance is very sweet. It seemed to be a perfect title for a Father's Day present. The illustrations are excellent for suggesting a dance.

Pros: The tale is musical, there are more pictures than words.

Cons: The cadence can get repetitive, and at times it seems to stall and awkward for reading aloud.

Borrow or Buy: This can go either way. Because the sentiment is in the right place, it's probably not a bad investment for $7.00

If You Liked This Book, Try: I LOVE MY DADDY BECAUSE ...   GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU   YOUR FATHER FOREVER

Educational Themes: You won't learn dance moves with this story, but it will reinforce the idea of the importance of spending time as a family doing things together.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, picture book, music

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2004

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