Sunday, October 29, 2006

Rap A Tap Tap

By Leo & Diane Dillon. This picture book tells us about Bojangles in poetic language that reads like a dance:
There once was a man who danced in the street.
Rap a tap tap – think of that!
He brought pleasure and joy to the people he’d greet.
Rap a tap tap – think of that!
These simple words convey the magic and delight of his dance, and then go on to tell how he danced for rich and poor alike and found fame through honoring his passion and gift. The illustrations are bold and full of movement and joy. He is shown dancing with cane, tails and top hat for children, families, shopkeepers on the street, and people in parks as well as fancy parties and on stage in musical revues. The afterword tells more about Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. During the great Depression he was the highest paid black entertainer. He was generous and loved by all who knew him. He was in Broadway shows and in several films, sharing the stage with Shirley Temple. In 1989 Congress established May 25, his birthday, as National Tap Dance Day in his honor. I favor biographies of people who impact the world positively through following their passion and I find this one just right for the preschool set.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this, how wonderful that Bill Robinson will be known to young readers through this book

I spent much of my 30s tap-dancing around DC - my teacher, Carol Vaughn, was part of the Tap American Project that worked to pass the resolution. Gosh, I have to buy this book!