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Onomatopoeia Words in Dancing Feet!

Posted on: March 25, 2010

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig.  Illustrated by Marc Brown.  Knopf.  Pages not numbered.  Grades K-3.  Picture Book.

Put on your dancing shoes and join in with the creatures in this book as they cavort across the pages echoing a rollicking text.  Each creature is introduced with the sounds of its feet in a dancing step and a question asking the reader to guess who is the one dancing?  “Slappity! Slappity!/ Webbed orange feet!/Who is dancing/that slappity beat?”  The next page answers the question – “Ducks are dancing/ on slappity feet.  Slappity! Slappity!/ Happy Feet!”  Craig uses onomatopoeia words to capture the sounds of the dancing feet.  Children are invited to participate as they answer each question about who is dancing.  Marc Brown uses collage with hand-painted papers that give texture to and animate the illustrations.  The last pages show children joining in the dance.  This book is a joyful pirouette that demands reading aloud!

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