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Title:
Prancing, dancing Lily
Author:
Arnold, Marsha Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Lily will someday be the "bell cow, " leading her herd, but because her prancing and dancing only disrupts their order, she travels the world looking for the right place and dance for her.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 78072.
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ISBN:
9780803728233
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Book

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The cows in Lily's herd are always dignified as they walk from the barn to the pasture.  But Lily would much rather prance and dance!  One day Lily decides to leave the farm and venture out on her own.

All over the world-from New York City to Spain to Senegal-Lily learns new dances and makes wonderful friends.  But none of the dances are quite right for a cow, and soon Lily starts to miss home.  Will she ever find a place where she fits in?

Spirited, funny, and utterly uplifting, Prancing, Dancing Lily is sure to delight anyone who has ever felt different from the herd.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

As in Robert Kinerk and Steven Kellogg's Clorinda, a spirited heifer who dreams of being a hoofer takes center stage in this light-on-its-hooves tale about following one's muse. Milking time at Farmer Gibson's place finds the cows falling into an orderly line to enter the barn. All except Lily, who would rather prance around the pasture. Sensing that she doesn't fit in with the herd, Lily hits the road to "find a place for me/ And a dance that fits me perfectly." Her search for just the right beat leads her around the globe. From each interesting but ultimately unfulfilling locale, she pens rhyming notes to her Mamoo Rose and the gang (e.g., from Radio City Music Hall: "I kicked my hooves with so much flair/ The lights and tree fell everywhere"). Finally, a visit to the Caribbean has Lily dancing to the beat of her own drum literally. She returns home having mastered the conga, and changes Farmer Gibson's milking line forever. Arnold's (Heart of a Tiger) bovine fantasy, with its silly tone and quick-step pacing, will keep kids' attention. Along the way, a sprinkling of dance terms and geography tidbits add depth, as do the endpapers, which map Lily's route. Manders's (Clarence the Copy Cat) watercolor-and-pencil compositions possess an appropriately free-line, madcap edge. Kids will especially enjoy scenes of Lily feverishly stamping a "feisty flamenco in Spain" and belly-dancing in Turkey. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This witty picture book stars a dairy cow who will soon inherit the position of "Bell Cow," the leader of the herd. Unfortunately, Lily's inability to stop "prancing and dancing" casts doubt on her leadership abilities. Discouraged, Lily sets off on a globe-trotting journey to find her true place in the world, an adventure that gives her the confidence to break with conformity and return home to lead in her own unique way. Arnold's amusing characters and clever text come to life through Manders's comical cartoon illustrations. Peppered with playful humor, his pencil-sketch and paint technique gives the images a distinctive look. The book is well designed from the clean pages to the endpapers, which provide a map plotting Lily's travels. This great read-aloud provides a subtle message and a guaranteed good time.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.