Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Read to Me Wednesday

I meant to share this book last week, but, I didn't get around to getting this post up. So, I'll share it this week. We, the children and I, were listening to and studying jazz last month, as part of our music time together. And this was a charming little book we found at the library. I was not familiar with this story, but, we all fell in love with it. Here is a little synopsis of the story.

On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before.

Lively, colorful illustrations and a rhythmic text make for a jazzy dance party that readers will delight in attending again and again.

I love the language in this story. Miz Mozetta looks in the mirror at her red dress and says, "My best color, if I do say so." She puts on her hat and says, " Now this hat is sayin something." Then she sashays down the stairs and across the street. When she asks her friends to go dancing with her, one of them replies, "My dancin' days are done, honey dear." The story is set in Harlem, but, if I didn't know better, I'd say it could also be set in the deep south.

When I was growing up in Louisiana everybody was honey child or ma shay, meaning sweetheart or my dear. And then we moved to Mississippi, where everyone is darlin, sweetie, sug or hon. I'm used to terms of endearment used in everyday language. It's part of the culture. So, I immediately took to this and my children loved the story asking me to read it to them again and again. So, I am recommending this little treasure we found, because it's always nice to find something new. -Enjoy!


Sandra said...

I would love to find that book to read to Allison. Do you purchase them or get them from the library?

Tiffany said...

Hey Mrs. Sandra!
We checked ours out at the library, but, I know that Amazon has several copies for sale. It really is a cute little book. I'm sure your grand daughter would enjoy it.

Sarah Denley said...

This book looks so cute! I enjoy your posts so much because lots of times they are books I've never heard of. This one will be on my list for sure!

Tiffany said...

Sarah Denley -Thank you so much! I am really glad you are doing this every week. I'm always looking for something new. And this is a great way to connect with other moms and their ideas.