Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles Think of That!

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Scholastic Inc., 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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With bold paintings and a simple, rhyming text, Caldecott Medalists Leo & Diane Dillon bring young readers a rap a tap tap celebration of dance that will have readers clapping and tapping along.

"There once was a man who danced in the street / He brought pleasure and joy to the people he'd greet / He didn't just dance, he made art with his feet / Rap a tap tap--think of that!"
This simple book for young children has the added bonus of describing the life of a ground-breaking African-American tap dancer. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s. People said he "talked with his feet," and in the Dillons' graceful paintings of old New York, he dances from page to page to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme. Rap a tap tap--think of that!
 

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User Review  - hlmusiclover - LibraryThing

I thought this was a cute, rhyming, sing song styled story that will be fun to use in a classroom. In the past, I have heard of the entertainer named "Bojangles", but I never understood his mark on ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaryEttaJ - LibraryThing

This book brought a smile to my face. As I read I could here the type of music he would be dancing to while walking down the street. Everyone enjoyed him; babies, children, women, men, grandparents ... Read full review

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Leo & Diane Dillon began working together in the 1950s. Diversity and equality are regular themes in their work, which ranges from African folktales to fantasy and science fiction. Their long list of awards includes two Caldecott Medals, four NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Awards, four BOSTON GLOBE/HORN BOOK Awards, and multiple Coretta Scott King Awards. They were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997. Leo Dillon died in May 2012. IF KIDS RAN THE WORLD was their last collaboration.

Leo & Diane Dillon began working together in the 1950s. Diversity and equality are regular themes in their work, which ranges from African folktales to fantasy and science fiction. Their long list of awards includes two Caldecott Medals, four NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Awards, four BOSTON GLOBE/HORN BOOK Awards, and multiple Coretta Scott King Awards. They were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997. Leo Dillon died in May 2012. IF KIDS RAN THE WORLD was their last collaboration.

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