Jammy Dance is turning out to be the book of the month in our house. If you saw a bit of yourself and your best dog inside a book, you’d love it, too.
Reading a lively book like Jammy Dance to B is an experience– and it’s so fun to see her study the pages and figure out all of the ways she can relate to the children as we read.
“Bubbles! Lotsa bubbles. Big towel. Brush your hair. Brush your teeth!” All through the book, she finds similarities to her life. The kids dancing, jumping on the bed, on the couch, but definitely not the part where “Sunny Dog drink toilet… EW.”
With the rhythm of the words, you can’t help but want to do the Jammy Dance with the family in this book. You’ll be wiggling with your little one as you read.
“Snappin’ fingers, stompin’ feet.
Tappin’ toes to keep the beat.
Tossin’ Teddy in the air;
Try to catch him if you dare.”
As the story goes on, you’ll notice the words magically guiding you to s-l-o-o-o-w down as you read…
“Touching hands in sweet ballet,
Holding all the hopes we pray,
Snuggled close inside our beds,
Quiet hearts and sleepy heads.”
As you read that part, I suggest faking a yawn– it might get your little one to realize it might be time for bed, too… unless, of course, they want to do the Jammy Dance one more time. 🙂
Rebecca Janni/Illus. Tracy Dockray
Farrar Straus Giroux