Eighteen poems summon readers or listeners to join wholeheartedly in poetry's dancing rhythms. As signaled in Jabar's...

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SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE: Don't Forget to Dance Poems

Eighteen poems summon readers or listeners to join wholeheartedly in poetry's dancing rhythms. As signaled in Jabar's ebullient art, deftly sketched with open pen lines that are drenched in fluorescent colors, the mood here ranges mostly from merry to boisterous, though Langston Hugbes's ""Dream Boogie"" and the last two selections--drawn from traditional Apache and Yuma verses about the sun and sky--are quieter. More typical are the play with sound and ideas in Mahy's ""The Man from the Land of Fandango""; Lillian Morrison's ""B Boy"" (""I'm graffiti in motion""); entries from Jack Prelutsky, Ogden Nash, and Mother Goose; and Jabar's own title poem (""Do everything but break it...YELL about it!""). An attractive collection, then, joyfully celebrating children's natural kinesthetic response to poetry.

Pub Date: May 1, 1992

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 26

Publisher: "Joy Street/Little, Brown"

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1992