Perfect Picture Book Friday! Tap-Dance Fever by Pat Brisson

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I felt like dancing when I was reading it!

Tap-Dance Fever

By Pat Brisson

Illustrated by Nancy Cote

32 Pages – Ages 5+

Published by Boyds Mills Press on March 1, 2005

Theme/Topic – Being yourself / Dancing / Being happy

Opening and Synopsis – 

“Annabelle Applegate was the tap-dancingest girl in Fiddler’s Creek. She danced so much she wore out the linoleum in her ma’s kitchen. She made ridges along Creek Road on her way to school. She even danced a hole clear through the rickety old schoolhouse floor. Folks asked her to stop, but it did no good. Annabelle only heard the song in her head that made her feet want to move.”

Annabelle danced so much that it is causing trouble in her town. The townspeople try everything they can think of to get her to stop. They try blocking the path with junk, and taking her dance shoes, but nothing they do works! Will the town learn to appreciate Anabelle’s talent?

Why I liked this book – This was a very cute story. I really love the illustrations – especially how Anabelle’s dresses are drawn! The story has a funny and happy ending to it. Kids will hopefully learn from Annabelle. She’s always happy and doing what she likes best no matter what the problem. That’s being a good role model. I recommend this book to kids 5+!

Activities and Resources –

Make your own tap shoes! Get a pair of old shoes and glue pennies to the bottom of them and you are ready to dance! I found this idea at the Real Simple website (click HERE).

Once you have your tap shoes ready you can get some dance move ideas from the videos below!

For more information about Pat Brisson and her books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

Categories: Age 6-9

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42 replies

  1. I’ve always wanted to tap dance, this looks brilliant!

  2. I adore books that are happy and fun and teach a valuable lesson. Thanks for the great review, Erik. And big congrats on your 250 word story win–it was fantastic.

  3. Nice review. You’ve thought of everything. The book instantly reminded me of the movie footloose (the original).

  4. What a delightful book! Too bad I hadn’t known about the gluing pennies onto the shoes thing when I was little — I so longed for tap shoes! And I loved those videos. Thanks!

    You might want to send the link to this post to Ms. Kerry Aradhya’s blog Picture Books and Pirouettes for her monthly “Read and Romp Roundup” of picture books about dance — here’s the link:

  5. This sounds like a very entertaining book with a great message. I like Pat Brisson, but was not familiar with the book. Also enjoyed the video trailers of Sammy and Julie and Shirley Temple. They made me smile. Great choice.

  6. This looks like a really fun book!

    Your videos reminded me of my very favorite Cosby show episode ever. I fall out of my chair every time I watch this clip:

  7. I so loved the video clips Erik. The book is a lovely choice for PPBF. Your review is great, I would love to know what happens at the end… Thanks Erik.

  8. I’m going to have to find this for my daughter. She loves to dance. Great review!

  9. I love this review. It is such an important message. To do what you are good at, and do it well…to follow your passion.

  10. lol, love the video clips, Erik! Thanks for another great recommendation!

  11. This looks and sounds terrific, Erik! I really want to read it – I love the opening! And if you haven’t seen the tap-dancing sequences from Singin’ In The Rain (one of my all time favorite movies on earth!) you are missing out. Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor could DANCE! If you haven’t seen it and are looking for a great family movie for a weekend night, check it out 🙂

    • I really want to get Singin’ in the rain! My teacher played the actual Singin’ in the Rain part (and when they sing the “Good morning” song). I want to watch the rest! This is a great book. I’m glad you like my pick! 🙂

  12. I am having visions from the movie, “Singing in the Rain,” which has some of my favorite dance numbers. I love the voice in this book. It’s a little colloquial and country, but seems just right for this tale.

  13. sounds like a fun book. thanks!

  14. Erik…my feet are tapping already!!! I love this book….so funny…and I’m always looking for books that encourage kids to be themselves. 🙂 Thanks also for the Shirley Temple clips…I loved her movies as a child…and still enjoy them. 🙂 Great review!

  15. Erik, Thank you for this lovely review and for the great links to the tap dancers and easy to make tap shoes. I’m so impressed with your talent and enthusiasm. Keep up your excellent blogging!

  16. I could tell why you chose this for PPBF – the illustrations do look gorgeous – I think that’s extremely crucial in picture books. Plus, I have a special affinity for books that talk about talent in various forms/disciplines – and dancedancedance! 🙂

  17. What a cute cover. This sounds right up my alley. I am adding it to my library list. Thanks!

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