SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE by Cynthia  Jabar

SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE

Don't Forget to Dance Poems
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 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 Hughes'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. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-316-43459-0
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1992




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