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An irresistible book of poems about dancing that mimic the rhythms of social dances from cha-cha to two-step, by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances' steps. Together with Kristi VaAn irresistible book of poems about dancing that mimic the rhythms of social dances from cha-cha to two-step, by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances' steps. Together with Kristi Valiant's dynamic illustrations, the poems create a window to all the ways dance enters our lives and exists throughout many cultures. This ingenious collection will inspire readers to get up and move! Included with the book is an audio CD of the author reading each poem accompanied by original music from composer Jonathon Roberts....

Title : Feel the Beat: Dance Poems That Zing from Salsa to Swing
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ISBN : 9780803740211
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Feel the Beat: Dance Poems That Zing from Salsa to Swing Reviews

  • Christine
    2019-02-02 09:44

    A fun concept for a children's poetry book! Though I'll admit, I really couldn't figure out the poems' rhythms (written to reflect the rhythm of each dance style) without listening to the CD. Reading it once through without the audio, I was totally off in my attempts.

  • Donna Merritt
    2019-02-05 10:45

    Marilyn Singer's love of both poetry and music clearly shines in this book, and the CD that accompanies these poems brings the book to life. Each poem is about a different dance, and the author reads them with the dance music in the background. What a great way to introduce little ones to poetry—and a few dance steps! Kristi Valiant's energetic, colorful illustrations are a perfect match for the sparkly mood inspired by Marilyn's words.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-25 10:47

    Fantastic! I suggest checking out the beats in the back of the book if you don't know them before each dance poem.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-02-18 10:46

    I am familiar with 13 of the 15 dances mentioned. Have taken some very beginner lessons in 5 and danced at least 2 others at social dances. But there were only 6 (Cha-Cha, Two-Step, Salsa, Conga, Waltz, and Polka) that I could feel the dancing rhythms as I read. I loved that. I found that very interesting and well done. But all the rest were just meh to me after that because I couldn't get the same experience. I'm waffling back and forth between a 3 and a 4. Especially as a consideration for children who might not be as familiar with the dances. While it is a Fabulous way to introduce them to them, they will kind of miss the awesome-ness of the rhythm inside. Maybe if one first goes over the types and descriptions that are listed at the back, that might help.Update: There is a CD with the book! Crystal discovered it. So we listened it. And it TOTALLY helps with the ones that I couldn't quite get. This is amazing! A couple that I prefer spoken rather than with the music. But still so, so clever and well done. Changing to 5 stars!

  • Hannah Flowers
    2019-02-07 10:39

    Feel The Beat, Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing, by Marilyn Singer is a great read and a perfect text to incorporate in the classroom. The book is composed of poems of all different kinds of dances all around the world. From hip-hop to the foxtrot, the square dance to the bhangra, no dance was excluded from this book! Both the poems and the images are captivating and make you want to read on! Personally, I would use this book to teach the "We Are Alike, We Are Different" unit in Kindergarten. This book highlights all the amazing unique dance traditions around the world while also teaching us that dance is something we all have in common. We all love to dance even though it may look different in different locations around the globe!

  • Laura Salas
    2019-02-08 04:37

    This is the first children's contemporary poetry collection that I've listened to as an audiobook, though it's the perfect choice for an audiobook. Since the poems are all about dance styles, and the production includes the appropriate musical background, it's almost like listening to a play. I can see music teachers using this to talk about rhythms, and it would be a blast in the classroom when kids have the wiggles. Fun!

  • Lynn
    2019-01-29 04:24

    Broad presentation of music and dance styles with the title of each poem being the dance.Colorful illustrations drawn and painted in Photoshop. They show a variety of people of many ages and cultures thoroughly enjoying themselves - makes me want to dance!Notes about each dance included in the back.I haven't listened to the included CD yet, but will as soon as I have a car trip!

  • Kristin
    2019-01-24 07:47

    This book of poetry has great rhyme, rhythm, and illustrations. There is a CD included of the author reading the poems set to the music of each dance as well as notes at the end of the book about each dance. Great way for children to learn the historical and cultural backgrounds of each type of dance.

  • Katie Lawrence
    2019-02-12 09:32

    I love the rhythm of these poems, the diverse dances portrayed and the vibrant illustrations! Singer does a nice job including short introductions to all the dance formats after the poems and I'm eager to listen to the included cd. Singer has a knack for writing unique, engaging poetry and I love seeing what she comes up with. The diversity portrayed in the illustrations is excellent!

  • Gps
    2019-01-29 08:46

    what a fantastic idea...poems written to the beat of the music, and a CD with the author reading the poems to boot. illustrations are superb and great fun. this book is a winner in my book. let's dance!

  • Mariana Elkins
    2019-02-08 09:45

    I am loving this book! I was a dancer once upon a time and this book is allowing me to share my passion with my toddler. I got it from library, but I am going to have to buy it we loved it so much!

  • Rachel
    2019-02-12 07:32

    Love the rhythm and flow of the language and how it truly captures the passion and power of dance.

  • Debbie Tanner
    2019-01-26 08:48

    This super cute poetry book is all about different kinds of dance. It crosses many cultures and shows lots of different kinds of people dancing. Lovely!

  • Jesse
    2019-01-26 10:50

    I loved that by speaking the poems aloud you can feel the rhythm of the dance. What a great idea!

  • Angie
    2019-02-21 09:24

    Stunning each picture captures the dances that are beautifully put into poems. They are also good at explaining where each dance originated.

  • Laurel Kathleen
    2019-02-17 09:36

    Cool visual pairing of types of dance with their origin and an explanation of how they sound.

  • Jen
    2019-02-09 09:41

    This book inspires me to ask the P.E. teacher if dance is part of the curricula. It would be fun to collaborate on a poetry and dance lesson!

  • AnnaS
    2019-02-13 07:40

    This was really well done. I could hear the music through the poetry, which is impressive considering how many different areas of dance the author was able to cover.

  • Maggi Rohde
    2019-02-21 02:46

    Awesome diverse illustrations!

  • Debbie
    2019-02-14 04:32

    Poems are enhanced by the author's reading on the CD. Also, don't miss the special treat that shows Marilyn and her husband dancing the Salsa on the "Salsa" spread!

  • Ames Public Library Youth Services
    2019-02-14 08:25

    Two poems about the joy of dancing start off this volume of illustrated poetry. And that is definitely what you feel and see as you read. Whether you're reading a poem about learning the cha-cha from your grandma at a family party or being forced into square dancing at school, your toes will start to tap and you will definitely want to dance!The illustrations in this book are multicultural and full of energy. Everyone will find a kind of dance that they might want to do. My favorite poem involves a mother and child who go to the library to learn how to swing dance!-dmz

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-02-14 02:48

    I have a soapbox and I climb up on it regularly to declare that picture books are NOT baby books, that they offer depth and wealth for anyone, any age, if we are willing to look and reread. Some books require a bit of preaching on my part, pointing out various riches, uses, and nuances. FEEL THE BEAT needs no argument. The images, sounds, rhymes, and rhythms are appealing to any age- including adults. Actually, the informational asides about each form of dance, the enclosed CD, and the excellence of the text and illustrations make it a winner across the board.

  • Ricki
    2019-01-22 02:41

    I am excited about this book coming out in the spring and will provide a full review later, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to review it sooner! I received this book in advanced form, so I wasn't able to review the CD, but I had fun reading the poems of Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer. This book is a must-have for any kids who enjoy or are interested in dances. As an adult, it took me back to my dancing lessons with my husband before we got married. The book features numerous dances from the Argentine Tango to the Two Step. I imagine this is going to be a favorite among many children.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-17 06:50

    Read in galley. Bright and exuberant and so much fun! A CD is supposed to be included with the finished copy and I really want to listen to that! Information on the various dance forms is provided at the back.

  • Kristan
    2019-02-10 07:24

    Love the bright, colorful illustrations.

  • Angela
    2019-01-28 06:25

    Poetry and dancing fun for story time and children's programs. A welcome addition to poetry collections and as an introduction to world dance.