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Dancing Granny
Winthrop, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
Tarrytown, N.Y. : Cavendish Children's Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Granny and her grandchild take a nighttime trip to the zoo, where the animals have prepared a fabulous party and Granny dances the night away.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 73345.
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Clearfield Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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At a party at the zoo, Granny dances with the animals.

Author Notes

Author Elizabeth Winthrop grew up in Washington, D. C., and has written over 50 works of fiction for all ages. She has won numerous awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, the California Young Readers Medal and the Jane Addams Peace Prize Honor Book. Many of her children's books are based on her childhood memories and the experiences of her children and other children she has talked to. Her book Belinda's Hurricane is based on the time she lived through a hurricane with her grandmother on an island off the coast of Connecticut. I Think He Likes Me is based on her daughter's reaction to her younger brother when he was brought home from the hospital. Her most popular books are The Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

When the red-haired girl in this quirky rhymed narrative asks her grandmother to accompany her to the zoo at night, Granny says she'd rather not: "My nightie's on, my teeth are out./ I think I'll stay in bed." In a fun role-reversal, it's the youngster who cajoles the adult into going to the party. Like an indulgent parent, the red-haired girl calls Granny a "goose" as she kisses the woman's nose and toes, and helps her put on her favorite purple tennis shoes. Murdocca (the Magic Tree House series) doesn't miss a chance to add humorous action and silly details to pore over on repeat readings. Granny's many cats watch her bemusedly as her granddaughter combs her hair into a neat bun, and the zoo's outlandish party animals are outfitted like children playing outr? dress-up. The tiger wears a fruity Carmen Miranda hat, while snakes in party hats coil round her, and Granny's favorite escort is a courtly ursine Uncle Sam. Murdocca transforms the stage business of Granny's false teeth and her whining into endearing eccentricities. When it's time to go home, the frazzled Granny kisses her patriotic partner on the snout and dreams of waltzing with the dapper bear in a Ginger Rogers ball gown. Author and artist inject some kick into a familiar theme with this whimsical Dancing Granny and her granddaughter sidekick. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Granny would rather stay at home in her nightie, but her insistent granddaughter dolls her up and drags her out to an after-hours party at the zoo. Once there, the woman becomes the belle of the ball, waltzing and twirling with monkeys, a rhino, and a particularly handsome bear. After hours of dancing, grandmother and granddaughter return home on the train, tuckered out but dreaming of the next wild celebration. Winthrop's rhyming text is well paced and a delight to read aloud. Granny's farewell to her bear beau is particularly endearing: "`You'll come again, you won't forget?'/the eager bear called out./She shut her eyes, she pursed her lips/and kissed him on his snout." Murdocca's spreads are riots of color and activity, with creatively imagined animal guests preening and prancing. Children will find new details upon repeated readings, from the stately bear in his stars-and-stripes tuxedo and top hat to the tiger decked out ? la Carmen Miranda to the snake sporting a single sneaker. A charming tale for bedtime or storytime.-Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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