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Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think…

Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That! (Coretta Scott King… (edition 2002)

by Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon (Illustrator)

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Title:Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That! (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)
Authors:Leo Dillon
Other authors:Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
Info:Blue Sky Press (2002), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:TED 255
Tags:Bojangles, Tap, Dancing

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Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles--Think of That! by Leo Dillon (Author)



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This book is about the famous tap dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The book has a sentence on each page about Bojangles dancing down the street and through parts of town and each sentence is followed by "rap a tap tap, think of that" or something similar. The illustrations looked as though they were thin pieces of paper (in the shape of people and other things) that were then placed on the pages. Bojangles is described as a very cheerful, happy man that brings joy to almost everyone who he passes. The book is set in the 1920s or 30s, when there was still a lot of racism and class differentiation. There is one page that shows a white man amongst some others of color, who is turning away from Bojangles in disgust. I think this would be a fun book for younger kids to read, but due to the drawings, which show the class distinctions, this book would be really good to read with other grade levels, 4th and up to discuss these class differences. ( )
  hallen11 | Nov 25, 2015 |
Beautiful! The illustrations are simple yet complex. The story is told with just a few words and sounds but so much more is told in illustration. The costumes, and scenery are wonderfully depicted. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 18, 2015 |
This rhyming book is about a dancer who bring joy to people on the streets. He goes places where children are, the skids where people who are struggling, and anywhere else he can dance too! He dances no matter what the weather- rain or shine. His dancing in the streets brought him to dancing for a career and became famous on stage. Bojangles' dancing career was shown through this poetry fiction book. This would work well with younger primary students.
  dluby17 | Mar 20, 2015 |
I thought this was a cute, rhyming, sing song styled story that will be fun to use in a classroom. In the past, I have heard of the entertainer named "Bojangles", but I never understood his mark on history until reading this book. I appreciated the fact that the author included information about the original dancer named Bill Robinson in the afterword section. Personally, I developed an interest in pursuing dance in my teenage years. Dancers exude this sort of freedom that exists beyond just self expression. Great story ( )
  hlmusiclover | Nov 15, 2014 |
Cute little rhyming book ( )
  tbrawley26 | Sep 21, 2014 |
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With bold paintings and a simple, rhyming text, Caldecott Medalists Leo & Diane Dillon bring young readers a rap a tap tap celebration of dance that will have readers clapping and tapping along.

"There once was a man who danced in the street / He brought pleasure and joy to the people he'd greet / He didn't just dance, he made art with his feet / Rap a tap tap--think of that!"
This simple book for young children has the added bonus of describing the life of a ground-breaking African-American tap dancer. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s. People said he "talked with his feet," and in the Dillons' graceful paintings of old New York, he dances from page to page to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme. Rap a tap tap--think of that!

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In illustrations and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.

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