Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning

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A little girl wakes in the night to mysterious, inviting noises. She rouses her brother, and they sneak downstairs and peek into the kitchen. To their amazement and delight, their parents are dancing and singing---"?Como te quiero! Oh, how I love you!" ---as they clean up and put food away. Mama and Papa discover the two kids and sweep them into the embrace of a family dance. Slowly, the song changes to a lullaby. . . the children close sleepy eyes. . . then Mama and Papa tuck them into bed again. The story reads like poetry. The art moves from subdued tones to hot tropical colors and back again. And as you turn the pages, you can almost hear the music---changing from a pop ballad to a hot tango to a cozy lullaby. All in all, it's a perfect bedtime book, with a satisfying hugs-and-kisses ending.

About Maurie J. Manning

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Maurie J. Manning is the author/illustrator of Kitchen Dance and has illustrated numerous other children's books, some of which she also wrote. She and her children live in Berkeley, California.
Published October 6, 2008 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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When Mama spots the two children, she and Papa sweep them up into an affectionate foursome, all singing, “¡Cómo te quiero!” Manning depicts this Afro-Latino family with verve, tilted angles and bright colors providing movement and warmth as tall, skinny Papa and slightly zaftig Mama strut their s...

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Two young children are awakened by noises coming from the kitchen.

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