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Full moon barnyard dance
Schaefer, Carole Lexa.
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Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2003.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 26 cm
A beautiful night and a full moon inspire the barnyard animals to hold a dance by the pond, where the arrival of some clouds provides them with an unexpected experience.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 72363.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Come billy-bob the bebop and slink-slank a samba! An infectiously rhythmic read-aloud pairs up with charming illustrations, inviting us to step lively - and enjoy our differences. "What a moo-oon," crooned the cow beside the barn. "Maa-agnificent night," bleated a goat in the grass. It's the night of the full moon, and the barnyard animals just can't settle down. Pig declares it's a fine night for a snufflin' big dance, and two by two the animals sashay down to the pond to jig and fandango under the round moon. But when the bumptious clouds blow across, and the revelers dance on in the dark, a mix-up ensues - a tangle! Will the unexpected muddle turn out to be unexpectedly . . . wonderful?

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The combination of moonglow, a cricket's catchy "zweet-zweet-zweet" and a frog's basso backbeat ("thrum, thrum, thrum") proves too irresistible for a collection of farm animals, who learn a thing or two about being a partner in Schaefer's (Down in the Woods at Sleepytime) gently humorous tale. They exit the barnyard, head for the pond and start to boogie down. The animals pair up with their own kind and, with silky, translucent watercolors effused with shades of nocturnal blue, Davenier (Mabel Dancing; the Iris and Walter books) finds grace in every dance move. Two pigs kick up their plump heels with a spontaneous glee, while a smooth-looking rooster and his hen partner bring off a "fancy fandango" with continental aplomb, dipping dramatically. But this artistry can't always cover up the book's missteps. The lively spot illustrations and quick-stepping theme cry out for a distinctively rhythmic text, but the beat falters, despite some nimble alliteration and wordplay ("Goats together billy-bobbed the bebop.../ And the catsthey slink-slanked the samba"). When a cloud passes over the moon, the sudden darkness causes a momentary mix-up (with an unintentional swapping of partners); wise old frog sees it as a teachable moment"Do some new partner dancing, by the light of moon"that the animals embrace. Davenier's supple illustrations carry this tale's message of tolerance. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Frog and the crickets are singing, the moon is full, and the barnyard animals can't sleep. Deciding that a dance down by the pond would be enjoyable, they line up two by two-a rather festive Noah's Ark-like procession-by their own kind. The creatures fandango and be-bop and jig to their hearts' content. Clouds cover the moon and it becomes difficult for the animals to see their dancing partners, but the partying continues. Once the sky clears and the night is bright again, the critters are dismayed to find they're swinging and swaying with different companions. Frog suggests that the dancing continue with the new partners, and it does. The walk back to the barnyard at the close of the evening reveals a much-different procession, one in which the species are intermingled and fast becoming friends. Double-page, soft, flowing ink-and-watercolor paintings deftly illustrate the farm critters and their night's festivities, and the text has a rhythm all its own. An entertaining tale with a gentle moral: mixing things up a bit can add to the fun.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.