Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book #59: Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

Image from BarnesandNoble.com
It’s nap time on the farm and Mama and Papa put Baby down for his nap. But Baby has other ideas, he’d rather polka with the polka-dotted pig! Each time his parents put him back in bed that crazy Baby is up again dancing with another stuffed animal. Eventually, his parents give up and they make music and dance until Baby falls asleep with visions of “polka parties still a-dancing in his head.”

Named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association in 2005, this little book is energetic and brightly illustrated. Mama and Papa are slightly exaggerated; Mama in her purple high heels and papa with his lopsided glasses.

The flaps make this book a guessing game for kids. Each one reveals the animal Baby has chosen for his dance partner. If you can find stuffed animals like the ones in the book hide them from the kids and reveal them as you go through the book.

After reading the story bring out a box of stuffed animals, turn on some polka music, and let the kids dance. Toddlers will love the chance to let loose and parents with babies on their laps can sway and bounce in rhythm to the music.

There are lots of wonderful fingerplays and action rhymes about dancing. A few of my favorites are Dance Your Fingers Up, perfect for a baby storytime, and with toddlers you can’t go wrong with The Hoky Poky. For more dancing rhymes see my posts on Brontorina and Hop Jump.



  1. This is such a fun book! Thanks! Bridget

  2. Thanks for the wonderful suggestion Bridget!