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Let's dance!
Ancona, George.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Simple text and photographs describe various dances from all over the world.
Reading Level:
IG 650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 28924 Guided reading level: K.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV1596.5 .A55 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Author Notes

George Ancona was born December 4, 1929 in Brooklyn , NY. When he finished high school, he went to Mexico for six months to meet his family. He returned to New York and went to work as a graphic designer.

Ancona began taking pictures of his children, and decided that photography would be his hobby. After ten years he quit his job and become a professional photographer. From these photos, he began to make children's books using the words of other writers. After several books, his editor asked him to try his own hand at writing

Since then, Ancona has produced more than eighty books for children. Ancona's awards include a Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Citation for Handtalk Birthday, a Parent's Choice Award for The Piñata Maker, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book Citation for The Golden Tamarind Comes Home.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-9. Jubilant dancers of all ages freeze in mid-rhythm in sharp photographs that show the styles, costumes, and occasions for native dances from around the world. The large-print text is simple, allowing the vibrant photos and small-print captions to elaborate on the main points. On the spread that announces "Dancing is a way of celebrating," the skirts of an Afghan wedding dancer swirl as she employs traditional movements to wish good luck to a bride and groom; the facing page features a scene from the lion dance performed to welcome the Chinese New Year. Couples enjoying country barn dances face a page of urban youths twirling to break dancing beats. Dancers costumed like a yak energetically recognize that animal's contributions to Tibetan society, and colorfully gowned women of northern India pantomime and dance the story of jealous gods. This compact introduction to the art captures and conveys the author's enthusiasm for dance. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Colorful photographs and action shots on white backgrounds show the influence of music and dance on lifestyles and cultures around the world. "If you can speak, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." Ancona begins by introducing various musical instruments to set the rhythms for multicultural, multigenerational dances. All of the movements are described through a simple text in a large-print format. Additional small boxes provide more information. Add this book to your collection if you are looking for a basic introduction to a variety of dances from the usual-tap dancing-to the unusual-Polynesian war dancing, and Tibetan Yak dancing.-Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.