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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
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Tags:Bojangles, Tap, Dancing

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Rap a Tap Tap is an illustrated adaptation of world renowned tap dancer Billy Bo Jangles. The story is ideal for ages k-3 as it has beautiful illustrations and contains choral repetition on each page in the phrase of "Rap a tap tap, think of that". This repetition could be used to engage students, allowing them to chant each repetition. It also allows for students to create rhythmic patterns or actions to accompany the phrase. The story would also be able to be used in History lessons highlighted the way Whites treated the Blacks in the early 1900's also the Civil Rights movement. ( )
  Isaacwinton | Feb 3, 2016 |
This is a story about a man who was known for dancing as he walked down the street. The repeating phrase in the book is, "rap a tap tap - think of that!" The amazing part about this book is the artwork. On every page that has the repeating phrase the author has shadows by the mans feet that make the man's feet appear to be moving. I think this really brings ths story to life and helps the reader digest the type of dancing the man is doing. The really interesting part about it is that no one else appears to be moving, but only Bojangles. ( )
  cbuquet5 | Jan 27, 2016 |
A man named Bojangles loves to dance. He dances in the streets, by people who lived in the poor part of town, and by people who were rich. Throughout the book the phrase "Rap a tap tap - think of that" is repeated. This repeated phrase helps to create a rhythm in the book and makes it enjoyable to read. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's dancing made him famous and he is known all over the world as the greatest tap dancer of all time. This Coretta Scott King Award winning book includes illustrations that make the reader feel as though he or she is dancing with Bojangles. The illustrations depict different people of the town where Bojangles dances which helps to show the diversity of the town. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Jan 21, 2016 |
I would read this book in a first or second grade classroom, but it could also be used with older grades when talking about the Great Depression. It could be a good way to get students talking and engaged about the subject. It isn't a particularly happy subject, obviously, so having a positive connection could help students engage in the lesson. Also, it encourages a higher level of thinking. Asking questions about why this book would have been of importance can start good conversation. ( )
  AmandaJH | Jan 21, 2016 |
1st/2nd grade
This could be incorporated into a lesson on significant African Americans or during Black History Month. It could also be used during a unit on jazz and different styles of music.
This could be good for a read aloud.

This book could have value for an older group if they were discussing significant African Americans or if they needed to do a project on Bojangles. ( )
  tsmith18 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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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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