My Mama Had A Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray

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A ballet dancer recalls how she and her mother would welcome each season with a dance outdoors.

About Libba Moore Gray

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Libba Moore Gray has been an actress, a dancer, and for twenty years a teacher of high school English and drama. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, but "Miss Tizzy" is her first writing for children. Ms. Gray's four children include a businessman, a ballerina, a teacher, and a professional clown. With her husband, Robert, she makes her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ra?l Col?n has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books including the "New York Times" bestselling "Angela and the Baby Jesus" by Frank McCourt and Susanna Reich's "Jos?! Born to Dance, " which received a starred review in "Booklist." Mr. Col?n lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family. Ra?l Col?n ha ilustrado varios libros aclamados por la cr?tica, incluyendo "Jos?! Born to Dance" por Susanna Reich, al cual "Booklist" dio una rese?a estrellada. De ni?o, Col?n vivi? en Puerto Rico y ahora vive con su familia en New City, New York.
Published September 1, 1995 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The reflective mood of the story may appealat firstmore to adults, but the sharing of this book between generations creates a nice parallel to the intimacy of parent and child in the story.

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Gray's (Small Green Snake) narrator shares a melodic remembrance of her mother, who welcomed each season with boundless enthusiasm-and bade her daughter to do the same: ""Bless the world/ it feels like/ a tip-tapping/ song-singing/ finger-snapping/ kind of day.

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