Here's the band-
they play and play.
1 osprey dances ballet....
That twirling osprey joins a host of other swinging animals in this
counting jamboree. By the time ten flamingos go tango, the dance floor
expands in a special foldout with 55 animals rocking away!
Arthur Dorros's playful verse and Caldecott Medal winner Emily Arnold
McCully's boisterous characters dance right off the page and will have
you twirling on your toes in no time!
"Dorros's toe-tapping title cuts a rug among counting books. McCully's
fluid watercolors soar."–Publishers Weekly
"[O]ffers preschoolers lively lessons to help them learn numbers,
animals, and even dance steps. ...a hilarious romp."–ALA Booklist
"It is virtually impossible to sit still through a reading of this
exuberant tale. One tremendously fun introduction to numbers."–Kirkus
Author's note: the story behind the story
Wiggle wiggle, wobble wobble, tap tap tap. One of my sisters told me
years ago, "You can't dance." But I decided I could not, would not,
stop dancing. So I kept moving with the music as best I could. Later,
with good partners, I even won a couple of dance contests, at least I
think I did. Dancing is fun!
I saw people dancing the tango in Argentina, and also saw flamingos
strut their stuff there. It took quite awhile for those experiences to
spin to the surface in TEN GO TANGO, but after awhile everything was
hopping-one step after another, slide and twirl, with lively whirling
illustrations, soon fifty-five animals were dancing through this book.