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Hidden Picture ABC Ballroom Bonanza

August 8, 2010

Ballroom Bonanza
A Hidden Pictures ABC Book
illustrated by Nina Rycroft, written by Nina Rycroft and Stephen Harris
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010
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What a joyful and engaging alphabet book. All the animals arrive at an amazing ballroom bonanza, a dancing contest menagerie.

On the floor the camels conga / In the latest Latin style.

Donkeys demonstrate the disco / (This can last for quite a while.)

. . .

Sassy swans perform the samba / Shaking tail feathers white.

Turkeys do the twist, and ponder / What the monkeys plan tonight.”

The judges declare all the animals winners but, no one can dance the finale because the mischievous monkeys hid all the instruments throughout the book. It’s up to the reader to find all the instruments so the band can play one last song.  Will they do it?  Can you find the instruments so they’ll get one last song?

Book Play: Learn the names of the instruments on the front and back covers. Make your own instruments from kitchen pots and pans and form a kitchen band.

WIN Ballroom Bonanza! E-mail your name and address to deborah.mock@parenthood.com with “Ballroom” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a signed copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on October 5, 2010.

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