My Mama Had A Dancing Heart
My Mama Had A Dancing Heart
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My Mama Had A Dancing Heart

Written by Libba Moore Gray & illustrated by Raúl Colón
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4 - 8
Reading age
32
Page count
12
Words per page
~580L
Lexile measure
Sep 1, 1995
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Tenderness abounds as a daughter reflects on the love her mother shared dancing together through the seasons.

“My mama had a dancing heart / and she shared that heart with me,” a young girl explains as she and her mom sit together on the front porch. Then the two glide across the front yard as her mom exclaims, “it feels like a tip-tapping / song-singing / finger-snapping / kind of day.” Together they share fun dancing moments as the seasons pass—“high stepping” in the rain of spring, “squish-squashing” in the sandy beach of summer, and “leg-lifting” among the falling leaves of autumn. In the final pages, the young girl has grown to a young woman who ties on her ballet slippers and performs on stage, reflecting afterward in a solitary moment backstage that she hears her mom approvingly repeating her opening refrain, “Let’s celebrate!” Gray’s text is flourishing and poetic. Her notable use of past tense gives a nostalgic, longing feel to the story, while her verb constructions are original and delightful: “I’d slip-swish behind,” and “we’d seashell-pile the windowsill.” Colón’s water color washed illustrations are moving, made surprisingly rich and deep with colored pencils and litho pencils, allowing for beautiful lighting and shadow that add to the nostalgic feel of this recollection of a mother’s vibrant love for life and dance.

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Book Details

ISBN
9780531094709
Publication Date
September 1, 1995
Publisher
Scholastic
Page Count
32
Words Per Page
12
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
94048802
WorldCat Number (OCLC)
122928550
Est. Lexile® Level
~580L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~O
ATOS® Book Level
3.8
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
26726
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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