Legendary African-American tap dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson, one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s, is the subject of this Coretta Scott King Honor book. With the Dillons' striking paintings of old New York setting the stage, the man people said talked with his feet dances across the pages to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme in ...
Legendary African-American tap dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson, one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s, is the subject of this Coretta Scott King Honor book. With the Dillons' striking paintings of old New York setting the stage, the man people said talked with his feet dances across the pages to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme in this exuberant tribute.
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This book creates a whimsical feeling with the rhyming scheme throughout the book and also the bold illustrations. It demands attention with each rhyme. The illustrations are not very complicated and in depth, but create a fun mood. Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That! is an excellent book to teach for Black history month, or even in general when students are learning about history or different decades. Children are able to learn about Bill Robinson, who was a famous dancer during the 20's and 30's in a fun and entertaining way. I would recommend this book for younger readers who are also learning how to read. This book uses basic words that children can sound out and learn how to read the book themselves.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-08-12 In a departure from their recognizable illustration style, the versatile husband-and-wife team here uses a striking gouache painting technique that pays homage to Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas to craft an exuberant picture-book tribute to African-American tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949). Brief, rhyming text introduces the tall, lean and dapper man who "danced in the street" and "made art with his feet." In keeping with tapdancing tradition, each line of verse returns to a rhythmic refrain ("Rap a tap tap think of that!"). The deceptively simple text conveys the complexities of the era: "He danced past doors; some were open, some closed" accompanies a montage of entryways, with some people welcoming Robinson, but a white man closing his door. On the other hand "folks in fancy clothes" depicts whites and blacks together outside a show. Most spreads exude the everyday joys of a bustling city neighborhood, and the bouncy beat will hold the attention of even youngest readers. A short biographical note appears at the end of the book. The cubed-looking apartment buildings, an elevated/subway train, store fronts and traffic lights suggest Manhattan (eagle-eye readers will notice an obscured sign for 125th Street), but the scenes are general enough to lend the art a universal, timeless feel. The Dillons cleverly depict Robinson's fast-flying feet with varying shades of the same color around his legs, creating a sense of movement with a shadow/silhouette effect. The graceful figure he cuts on the page is a hoofer's delight. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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