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Baby Danced the Polka

by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

Published by Dial, 2004
20 pages
ISBN: 0-8037-2587-6

Ages birth - 3 years

Baby is supposed to be sleeping. But while Mama and Papa engage in a variety of chores, Baby dances the polka, the cha cha, the boogie woogie and more with various stuffed animals in this hilarious lift-the-flap book. Karen Beaumont's spirited rhyming text has a lilting, musical cadence that is irresistible. Jennifer Plecas's illustrations, in ink, acrylics, watercolor and guache, are pleasing without being sweet--there's just enough edge to make Baby, Mama and Papa intriguing. Each time baby gets out of bed, the story builds to a moment of reveal that pays off with great satisfaction (with the conclusion of a predictable rhyme) and delight (the sight of baby swinging with one stuffed animal after another) with the lift of a flap. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers. (MS) 2004 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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