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Baby Dance

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  98 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Up and down, to and fro, coo and crow baby, there you go. Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round ... All babies love to be lifted, twirled and held in loving arms. Now a rhythmic poem by nineteenth century poet Anne Taylor makes a delightful board book perfect for baby and parent to share. Marjorie van Heerden has captured the energy a ...more
Board Book, 16 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by HarperFestival
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Sarah Sammis
Sep 13, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Our local library has a nice selection of board books in each reach for young children to pick from. I love seeing what Harriet will choose when we go for our weekly trip to the library. Among her recent picks is Baby Dance from a poem by Ann Taylor (1782-1866) and illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden.

For the book, the poem has been oddly edited to remove the mother from the story. She's still shown as part of the family but the moment of playful dance between mother and baby moves to a father an
Oct 30, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Baby Dance, by Ann Taylor, is a story about a father and his loving relationship with his daughter. This books is rhythmic, to be read to the rhythm of the song, "hush little baby". The book is about a father who comforts his daughter while her mother naps on the couch. This book is refreshing, because often times it is hard to find books which feature black families, that represent a two-parent household. It is incredibly hard to find children's books that depict black men in a positive light. ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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I found this book delightful, as did my 6-year-old daughter who picked it up when she saw it, quietly read it then said “I really like this book, Mommy.” Having read a visually similar book when my daughter was younger, “More More More Said the Baby,” I think that any child from 0 to 6 would like it. It is perfect for infants and up with the wonderful colors, short words and wording and joyful faces in each picture.

All of the reviews that I read were helpful (Kirkus, School Library Journal). I
Dimitria Burton
Dec 01, 2015 Dimitria Burton rated it it was amazing
Great book for father and daughter love in the African-American community when there are so statistics about how many fathers are not in their kids life. This book is an excellent contradiction to that statistic and provides hope.
Mar 23, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
Baby Dance invites the reader to join in the rhythmic exchange between an African-American father and daughter as he tries to soothe the child so her crying won’t wake mommy. Their boisterousness and excitement increases as they dance and wake up mommy nonetheless. The story is short in length and perfect for babies and toddlers. The book presents song and rhyme schemes that make the storyline easily accessible to its intended audience. The illustrations mirror the movement and excitement of the ...more
Mia McInnis
Aug 04, 2015 Mia McInnis rated it really liked it
A cute little tale with absolutely beautiful pictures - it encourages movement and touch which help baby to grow.
Jul 30, 2014 Roy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-children
An inordinate number of children's books that I find feature interaction between a mother and child with the father absent. So it was a welcome change of pace, and the reason why I bought this book which reads to the rhythm of "hush little baby don't say a word, daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird", to obtain one that focuses on a father-daughter bond. The mother isn't missing from the story, simply napping on the couch for most of it, but it was nice to see a daddy in the spotlight getting his ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Libby is currently reading it
When a child is having fun, the possibility of real learning and connection can occur. The book Baby Dance is a picture book appropriate for children 0-12 months old promotes a child’s print motivation and narrative skills. As the caregiver reads or talks to the child about the reading, the caregiver can also interact with the baby by moving, rocking or dancing. This book’s repetitive and rhyming text supports the practices of reading, talking and playing as the caregiver responds to the baby’s ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
Both daughters were fond of this one, the way it just gets wilder and wilder.
Okay, this one is really cheating. I only heard a couple lines of it during story time. But I did like that it is a singing book of that "Hush Little Baby" song that I never know the words to. And, I liked how the librarian pointed out how the background colors change as the baby's mood lightens.
Jan 30, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
Great colors and face expressions of the characters. I can sing the "Mockingbird" tune to this story and my little children love to look at the pictures as I read and sing this book to them and move them up and down and back and forth along with the story.
Aug 24, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-cultural, baby
A cute father/daughter book about spending a little bit of special time together while mommy takes a nap. Lots of action and song: "...up to the ceiling, down to the ground..." Great for reading or acting out and singing.
Mar 12, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book is a lot of fun to read; my daughter loves it! The colors & rhythm are great & it shows how important a daddy's role is in a baby's life.
Michelle Brandstetter
EL Skills - Print motivation, print awareness, and phonological awareness. Activities - Read, sing, & play.
Jenn S
Jun 11, 2010 Jenn S rated it really liked it
Shelves: toddler
My daughter loved the actions you can do with this book.
May 19, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
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Born in Islington in 1782, English poet and children's author Ann Taylor is best remembered as the elder sister of fellow poet, Jane Taylor, author of the famous song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. One of the Taylors of Ongar, a literary and artistic family of some note, she was the daughter of Isaac Taylor, a well-known engraver, and Mrs. Ann Martin Taylor, who published works offering moral and ...more
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