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My Feet Are Laughing

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  10 reviews
My name is Sadie
and I live in Harlem
with my mother
and my little sister, Julie.

Sadie likes living in her grandmother's brownstone, where she has her own bedroom and a backyard to play in. She's full of thoughts and has lots to say about her family and friends, her home, her hair, and her laughing feet that can't keep still. And when she grows up she plans on being a poet.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Cortnei Brown
"My Feet Are Laughing" tells the story of a little girl named Sadie. Sadie, her little sister and their mother all live in Harlem which is a neighborhood located in the depths of New York. She is the definition of what you call a jolly girl. She tells us about all the fun times she has with her best friend and how her mom and dad separated but are still really good friends. Even though she's had some things happen throughout her years, she doesn't let that stop her from enjoying her existence.
Sarah Rourke
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed reading this book because it was funny and each page told a different mini story. The story is engaging and the illustrations enhance the story. Children will love following along with Sadie's stories and looking at all the pictures!

Read a loud to K-2 children for many purposes.
Enjoyment/engagement of the story is one of the many purposes. Kids will enjoy learning about fun facts of Sadie's life, as well as serious ones as well. Sadie explains how h
The first time I read this book, I read it all the way through because I didn't realize it was a book of poems. Once I understood each page features a different poem, and the book is not intended to be read like a story, it made more sense. The poems are written from the perspective of a Dominican American girl named Sadie who lives in Harlem and are about different areas of her life, and things that are significant to her.

The poems are lengthy, so the book would be appropriate for children in
Mitchell M
My Feet Are Laughing
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (4th to 5th)
Reading level: Fountas and Pinnell, P
Genre: Poetry, Multicultural

Main Characters: Sadie
Setting: Harlem
POV: from Sadie

This is a book of poetry specifically, 16 poems that describe a girl’s life in Harlem. The girls name is Sadie she is a young Dominican girl who wants to be a poet someday. In these poems she describes her life. These 16 poems consist of her like friends and family, her home, her happiness, and all of her situa
 (NS) Maria

This book contains 16 poems about a young Dominican girl name Sadie who lives in Harlem with her mother and sister. She celebrates things around her and enjoys life. Sadie expresses herself and knows that she is supposed to be quiet when she is around adults. Unfortunately she has too much to say about her friends, family, her hair, and her laughing feet which she can't keep still. When Sadie grows up she is planning to be a poet.

I enjoyed reading the poems because I was able to relate to the c
Gail Barge
Man this book touches on so many topics! And Frank Morrison's amazing illustrations really top off the awesome way the book is written. The book is written all through poems that help to explain the life of the main character. I would share this with students who are writing autobiographies to show they a cool way to construct their writing. The discussion of single parents and divorce is so awesomely described on a simple level for young students to understand. Also, the history and culture of ...more
A 2007 Americas Award Commended Title.

This book is a collection of poems by Sadie, a young girl who is Dominican American. The setting is Harlem and the poems describe her family life and interests. I love that the poems are in a more narrative form, therefore making the language accessible to a younger audience. The illustrations are wonderful in adding to the reader's experience with the poem and Sadie's viewpoint. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
I love this book. I saw my childhood in it, even when she described things that didn't happen to me. She is spirited and beautiful. The art insists that this be a part of your permanent collection. I hope you'll share this story with the little girls in your life. (Let's spread the word, "poets have the coolest jobs in the world!")
I love this book because it was my daughter's first brush with poetry, and now poetry is a favorite to have read to her!
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This is a book of cute poems with beautiful illustrations about a dreamy, loving, loud girl who lives in Harlem.
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