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Rap a Tap Tap

Rap a Tap Tap

by Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon Illustrated by Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon
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!
Ages
3, 6, 4, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
2.1
Lexile Measure
300L
DRA
10
Guided Reading
F
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
32

About the Authors and Illustrators

Diane Dillon Artist Diane Dillon is renowned for the enormous body of work she has produced with her husband and collaborator, Leo Dillon.
Leo Dillon Among Leo Dillon's many honors, he and his wife have received two Caldecott Medals, for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, two Coretta Scott King Honors, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.
Diane Dillon Artist Diane Dillon is renowned for the enormous body of work she has produced with her husband and collaborator, Leo Dillon.
Leo Dillon Among Leo Dillon's many honors, he and his wife have received two Caldecott Medals, for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, two Coretta Scott King Honors, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.

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