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Saturday night jamboree
Wardlaw, Lee, 1955-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A young girl has fun whether she spends Saturday night with one of her inventive babysitters or with her parents when they stay home from their country dancing.
Reading Level:
AD 840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 44760.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 26449 Guided reading level: NR.
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When Mama and Daddy skip out to go dancin', this little gal doesn't mind. She's got three of the rootinest, tootinest baby-sitters ever to spin a yarn of rustlers and roundups, sizzle up some spicy grub, or sing a sad, sad country song under the spotlights. With Carlene, Chet, or Uncle Buffalo Beau in charge, Saturday night's a rip-roarin' good time for sure.Lee Wardlaw and Barry Root whip up a jamboree fit for a honky-tonk hayride. Yippee-kye-aye-yay!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Many Saturday nights find Mama (with the hair of Dolly) and Daddy (with the aw-shucks look of Hank) dressin' up and headin' out to go dancin'. And their little girl "doesn't mind stayin' home--not a bit" when one of three friends comes over to baby-sit. Carlene brings fancy duds for country crooning under the stage lights of the bathroom; Chet rustles up spicy chili to eat in the "honky-tonk Kitchen Diner"; and Uncle Buffalo Beau "spins tales of long-ago days on the dusty trails" on the front porch swing. But the best Saturday nights are those when Mama and Daddy roll back the rug for some dancin' at home. Root creates a mood by painting a perpetual twilight with a sunset palette; his sturdy figures are outlined by warm brown shadows. The art works well with the air of anticipation that surrounds the weekend jamborees. With its easygoing rhythms and roll-off-the-tongue rhymes, this is a rhinestone of a read-aloud. --Amy Brandt

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A young girl has three terrific sitters who take turns coming to stay with her whenever her parents go dancing. Carlene brings a dress-up trunk so she and her young charge can pretend to be country singers. Chet makes a mean chili and Uncle Buffalo Beau spins a tall, western, long-ago tale. As much as the child enjoys her sitters, she admits that "-Saturday night is the best jamboree when Mama and Daddy stay home" and they all dance together. A rollicking, rhyming text celebrates the joy of attentive, creative caregivers and the loving parents they can't replace. Though the rhyme has a couple of near misses, they will be forgiven when it is read with a proper twang. Vibrant watercolor-and-gouache illustrations depict semi-realistic cartoon figures and capture their warmth and zest for life. Thigh-slappin' fun to read aloud, with visuals bold enough to be seen in the back row.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.