Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REFORMA Review: Kitchen Dance

Kitchen Dance
By Maurie J. Manning
New York: Clarion Books, 2008. Unpaged. $16.00 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-0-618-99110-5
Grades PreK-2
English with some Spanish

“¡Oye! Do you hear?” Scrape! Splash! Clunk! Clang! Those are the sounds of the Kitchen Dance that two young children overhear as they are trying to sleep. When they tiptoe down the stairs to investigate, they find their Mamá and Papá dancing the tango as they are cleaning dishes and putting away leftovers. Soon everyone joins the fun, singing “¡Cómo te quiero!” and twirling around in a “circle of family.” This light-hearted story, filled with bright watercolor images featuring an exuberant Latino family, celebrates the bonds of familia and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser during storytime.


Naidoo, J. C. (2009). Kitchen Dance. Written and Illus. by Maurie J. Manning. REFORMA Newsletter, 27 (1/2), 23.

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