More connections. They seem to be everywhere! We heard a song on the radio – one of the Mom Person’s favorites – Dancing in the Moonlight. It is a dancing song and we got to dancing!
All that dancing made the Mom Person think of some books that we have in our library, so we pulled them out for a read. Both books are about Dancing in the Moonlight!
The Dancing Tiger is by Malachy Doyle with beautiful, stunning artwork by the mighty duo of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. I love the work of this team!!! Our book was published in 2005 by Viking.
This is an enchanting tale of a “quiet, gentle tiger” who dances in the woods when the moon is full. The narrator is a young girl who discovers the dancing tiger one moonlit night. He tells her that if she will promise to keep his secret, she can dance with him. So through the seasons and the years they meet in the woods under the full moon and dance. A lovely tale told in verse with a waltzing rhythm. Ahhhhh!
Midnight Farm is by Carly Simon (yes, THE Carly Simon) and illustrated by David Delamare. This book is a regular farmyard hootenanny! When the moon is high in the sky, it rains down magic. All the animals and plants come alive and commence to jumping and jiving. The narrator of this story is a young boy, and he and his brother are awakened one night by a field mouse who invites them to join the party. And what a crazy party it is! With cantaloupe and flamingoes and raccoons and mosquitoes all playing music and dancing.
This is a great, fun read aloud book.
It’s not a full moon tonight. That happens on Friday night. But I hope that you step out and waltz in the moonlight. It’s a good thing.
And here’s the song that started it all — Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest —
Nice moves Rhythm!
Thanks Ruby! Do you like to jump and jive?
Yes just call me twinkle toes
All this dancing is making me hungry, Rhythm. I love it. Thanks for introducing me to to wodnerful new picture books I didn’t know.
Ummmm. Breakfast! Had me some yummy kibble and yogurt! These are both happy, feel good books. Could be good lead-ins for moon studies!
Lovely dancing post to get the day started! They look like great reads.
Both books are quite fabulous in different ways. I think you would like the poetic nature.
Lovely thee today. Haven’t heard of these two books, but love the idea of animals dancing in the moonlight and children participating.
Rhythm… I want to kidnap you and reunite you with your long lost twin Melvin so that you can both make those sad-yet-happy faces together!
HAHA! Interesting thought! Too bad we live sooooo far apart! (I guess — I’m not real sure where you and the boys live!) Does Melvin ever go dancing?
Today is the perfect day for this waltzing, jumping, jiving post. Mom submitted a story about a ballet dancer this morning. I guess it’s a dancing kind of day, R.
Love and licks,
I think it must be the full moon on the rise. Is that ballet dancer named Cupcake? You do have a tutu don’t you?
When I started the video, my Mom started singing the song. 🙂 Great books!
Hahahaha! I think it’s a Mom kind of song. Do you dance a lot at your house?