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My Mama Had a Dancing Heart



Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Libba Moore Gray
Illustrator: Raul Colon
Date of Publication: 1999
ISBN: 0531071421
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2002, Apr. 2001

Synopsis: Captured by her mother's infectious love of dance, a young girl joyously follows her mother in a dance through the seasons, from a frog-hopping, hello spring ballet through a slow-motioned, snow-angel winter dance.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Divide a piece of paper into four, and label each section for the seasons. What do you like to do in each season?
•  Make a kite to fly in the wind.
•  Make a button for your favorite season, and what you like to do (maybe decorate with snowflakes?)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!