Wendy Gelsanliter Dancin' in the Kitchen

ISBN 13: 9780399230356

Dancin' in the Kitchen

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Dinner time is dancin' at Grandma's house while the chicken and dumplings simmer on the stove and all three generations of the family groove to the music on the kitchen radio, working up generous appetites.

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Readers will want to grab a wooden spoon and join the culinary conga line in this snazzy picture book. Dinnertime at Grandma's house is no staid affair. Anyone near the kitchen at six o'clock is pressed into duty. But work becomes play as the radio blasts music and all the cooks (adults, children and even the cat) begin to cut a rug. Before long the table is set with a feast of chicken and dumplings, green beans, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. First-time picture book authors Gelsanliter and Christian give new meaning to the phrase "shake and bake" with jaunty language and an infectious feel-good theme. Originally composed as song lyrics, the text features some catchy verses: "Dancin' in the kitchen/ Everyone's a chef/ But if the baby gets the shortcake/ Then there won't be any left!" But without the benefit of music, it is occasionally difficult to tell where the emphasis lies, and a few lines do not scan smoothly. Priceman (Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!) clearly relishes her subject matter and employs an exuberant menu of media, including paint, crayon and collage in her bursting-with-energy compositions. Characters swirl and sway across color-drenched backgrounds and Priceman offers a perspective from every angle of the kitchen, including a cat's eye-view. All in all, highly appetizing fare. Ages 4-8.
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Ages 3^-8. Written as a song for children, the rhymed and nearly rhymed text of this glowing picture book tells its own story simply: a family of grandparents, parents, and four children gather to make a dinner of chicken and dumplings, green beans, and strawberry shortcake. Grandma turns on the radio, and everyone pitches in, dancing to the music while chopping carrots, cleaning beans, and keeping the cat and the baby amused. It is utterly cheerful and winning: the whole family, taking a note from the 1980s Bangles pop song, troops into the kitchen walking sideways like ancient Egyptians. At another point, everyone dances around the baby with kitchen gear (colanders and bowls and cheese graters) on their heads. The text's playfulness is fully realized in the paintings, which have the beautiful matte colors and curved cutout shapes of a Matisse. Priceman, who illustrated the 1996 Caldecott Honor Book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, has planned her spreads as carefully as Matisse's Red Studio. In one, the curve of Mama's royal blue dress as she tosses beans into a pot echoes the curve of the cat dancing by Papa's feet. Bold patterns--stripes and plaids and swirls on the clothing and calligraphed lines on the furniture and woodwork--make the book dance, too. GraceAnne A. DeCandido

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