WHEN UNCLE TOOK THE FIDDLE by Libba Moore Gray

WHEN UNCLE TOOK THE FIDDLE

Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

PLB 0-531-33137-7 At night, everyone in the family from the father to the dog is tuckered out, but when Uncle starts to tune his fiddle, toes start tapping and hands begin clapping. The energy of music will fuel the imaginations of those who loved Gray’s My Mama Had a Dancing Heart (1995). Exhilarating nonsense phrases reproduce the sounds of this bluegrass band: “Pick-a-pluck-a-plum” sings Miss Essie’s banjo; “Shu-sha-shu/Rick-a-rack-a-MEW!” is the sound of square dancers gliding around the room, while a cat dodges among their feet. The music brings the whole valley to life as the neighbors join in, and by the time everyone leaves, the big full moon is peeking over the hill. Bloom’s gentle illustrations conjure up the soft nights of early summer, the air scented with flowering trees and ringing with tunes. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-531-30137-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999




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