by ; illustrated by Rand, Ted
What People Are Saying
From Our Follett Early Learning Experts
Unable to sleep on the night of a full moon, a young boy follows the sound of music across the fields and finds an unusual barn dance in progress.
Kirkus Reviews (1986)
A cheery picture book that's a winning combination of magic and humor and that should be useful for bedtime and library story-time. A young boy is roused from sleep by the call of an owl, and he joins the animals of woodland and farm in a square dance called by a scarecrow. Midnight blue and moonlight yellow are the dominant colors of the book, offering a background mood of enchantment; the harvest night setting suggests Halloween, while the animals' dancing makes one think of legends of Christmas Eve, all accompanied by a nice, mysterious mood with no threatening overtones. The barn-dance scene is humorous and charming, with the "skinny kid" invited to show the old cow how to dance; the animals prance happily through the antics of the dance, and the text has the rhythm, bounce and rhyme of a good square-dance call. A lively tale that'll enliven picture-book times, particularly not-too-scary Halloween programs for young children.
Publishers Weekly (February 26, 1988)
An ordinary evening becomes a festival of foot-stompin' good fun when neighbors gather at a barn dance. A Reading Rainbow selection. Ages 5-8. (March)
School Library Journal (February 1987)
K-Gr 3 With a rhythmic cadence Martin and Archambault build their story from a quiet moonlit night when ``there's magic in the air'' to a very special foot stompin' party and back again. On this eerie night everyone is asleep except for the ``skinny kid with questions in his head.'' With him readers sneak out to the barn and hide just in time to see all the farm animals kick up their heels to the scarecrow's fiddle music. While the words are a delight to hear (albeit it's a bit hard to get the tongue around on some lines), Rand's pictures make the story come alive. The two-page spreads range from the barn standing ghost-like in the full moonlight to the colorful interior of the barn, where the figures seem to be in perpetual motion. An engaging blend of words and pictures to set both the mind and eye dancing. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
- Publisher: Holt
- Pub. Date: September 15, 1988
Format: Hardcover (FollettBound) 32 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 25 cm.
- Age Range: K - Grade 2 (5-7 yrs.)
- Reading Level: 3.4 (What’s this?)
- ISBN-10: 0-8050-0799-7
- ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-0799-2
- Follett Number: 35020W9
- Manufacturer Part Number: 0805007997
- Language: English