My name is Rhythm. The dictionary says that Rhythm is a regular repeated sound or movement. Rhythms can be found in every bit of life. In music, in poetry, in every breath that you take. My Mom Person says Rhythm is the perfect name for me. I love to sing and dance and spread the Rhythms of Joy.
I have come across a lovely book that is all about Rhythm.
My Feet Are Laughing
by Lissette Norman
pictures by Frank Morrison
published by Farrar Straus Giroux in 2006
The title itself is Rhythm to my ears! Laughing feet! Can’t you just picture it?! Feet making a Rhythm all their own?!
This is a book of poetry. Sixteen poems that give voice to the Rhythm of a young girl’s life. A Dominican American girl living in Harlem. Some of the poems are rhyming poems, some are not. But each one has a special Rhythm that flows through the words.
The first poem is called Too Much. Sadie, the young girl with the laughing feet, tells how her Aunt says that little girls should be seen and not heard, so she’s not allowed to join in when the women folk get together to laugh and tell stories. But she knows that one day they’ll want to hear her stories because she just has too much to say.
And she has plenty to say in these sixteen poems! About laughing feet, and little sisters who ask too many questions. About Grandmothers in Heaven and moving to Grandmother’s house with a backyard. About Mami and Pop who don’t live together anymore but are still friends. About her hair that she doesn’t want corralled because she’s afraid it won’t be able to sing. About Love – all kinds of Love. About being afraid of the dark. About being a poet – “the coolest job in the world.” About giggle jars where you store your giggles. And about dancing the merengue with Mami and little sister, Julie.
Mr Morrison’s artwork is full of Rhythm, too! You can see Sadie’s feet laughing and her hair singing! The pictures themselves are singing and dancing right off the page. Perfect for Ms Norman’s lyrical words!
I am submitting this review to The Bookshelf Gargoyle’s Small Fry Safari Readers Challenge. You can find out more about this challenge by visiting the Gargoyle’s website HERE. There are eight different categories to be fulfilled. I am entering this book in Category # 5 — A book with something that comes in pairs in the title.
For your dancing and listening pleasure, I present the “Merengue Dancing Dog!”
I DARE you not to have Laughing Feet after watching this!
Now go forth with LAUGHTER!
Your dancing friend
Laughing Feet! A lovely name for a lovely book. Thanks for introducing this book to us, Rhythm. 🙂
It’s one to bring on the smiles! 🙂
so Rhythm – do you dance, too? Cute video, and what a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing it.
Well, I can’t say that I can do the Merengue like that Golden can, but I have my own four step, whirly dance! 🙂
Woohoo – nice choice!
Thanks, Bruce! Two more categories to go!
Me too! *panics because time is running out*
ah ha! This is why I won’t do challenges lol
Just the idea of feet “laughing” is great! The first thing that comes to mind is feet being tickled 😀 And let’s not forget “Happy Feet”! 😀
Yessireee! That dancing penguin!!
Love the giggling jars! What a great book for you to share with students! And, perhaps do a little jig at the same time. You’re a natural Rhythm!
That giggle jar is a great idea!! Store up those giggles! 😀 My readers always want to see me dancing. I usually get to do a little performance after we read! 🙂
What a fun book. Mom likes the rhythm of my feet when we go walking and I pitter patter along with my tiny legs, trying to keep up with her. Cute collar, R.
Love and licks,
I’ll bet you have some fine Rhythm, Cupcake!! 🙂
What a fun book title!!! We bet you have some smooth moves bud!
Your posts dazzle me with so much JOY, DELIGHT and LAUGHTER!
Great review, Rhythm! I’m going to share this with my poetry group.
This sounds great! 😀 I like the cover a lot, and also the title! 😀
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