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Dance Me, Daddy, Includes Bonus CD
Zonderkidz / 2009 / Hardcover
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Based on the Point of Grace hit "King of the World," this tender book celebrates the special bond God blesses between fathers and daughters. Your 4- to 7-year-olds will cherish the engaging words and winsome illustrations. The enclosed audio CD features the song and a reading of the story. A terrific Father's Day gift! 32 pages, hardcover from Zonderkidz.
Cindy Morgan is a wife, mother, and singer/songwriter. She has recorded eight records, had twenty number-one songs, and has won nine Dove Awards over her career, including her most recent Dove Awards for 2008 Songwriter of the Year and 2008 Country Song of the Year for 'How You Live,' the song she wrote for Point of Grace. Cindy; her husband, novelist Sigmund Brouwer; and their two daughters, Olivia and Savannah, divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and Nashville, Tennessee. Philomena O'Neill has illustrated numerous books for children, including The Thanksgiving Bowl (Pelican, 2007) and The Little Shrew Caboose (Pleasant St. Press, Spring 2009). She lives in Seattle with her husband.
If you are familiar with the Point of Grace recording of "King of the World," about the love a little girl has for her daddy, you will notice a purposeful parallel to the children's picture book Dance Me, Daddy by Cindy Morgan. In fact, a CD with the Point of Grace recording is included with the book.
The narrative is written very much like extended rhyming song lyrics, telling of a little girl having continuous fun with her daddy. She steps on his feet and lets him dance and twirl her. Together they play tea party, tag, and board games. All too soon the little girl becomes a middle schooler, and Dad has to serve the refreshments during sleepovers and pajama parties. Nevertheless, he finds time to help her with homework, and they still find time to dance, even if just in private. Ultimately, the girl grows up, falls in love, and gets married, and at the wedding, Dad gets one final time to hear his daughter say, "Dance me, Daddy."
Although this book does not quote Scripture, it underscores biblical tenets of family nurturing, parental love, and training up a child in the way she should go. It's a cute, heart-tugging story that adults will relate to even more than the 4- to 7-year-olds at which the book is targeted. The illustrations by Philomena O'Neill are not in glaring colors, but are more subdued in a way that makes one think of looking at a family album. The whole book is quite effective and enjoyable. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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