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The Resource Happy feet : the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me, Richard Michelson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Happy feet : the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me, Richard Michelson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

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Happy feet : the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me
Title
Happy feet
Title remainder
the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me
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Richard Michelson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
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Illustrator
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Language
eng
Summary
A young boy who loves to dance listens as his father retells the story of the night he was born, which coincided with the opening of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem
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Illustration
Review
  • K-Gr. 3. In the mid-1930s, a boy sits in Pops Shoeshine Shop in Harlem and listens to his father recall the amazing night when the boy was born: March 12, 1926, opening night at the Savoy Ballroom across the street. The story is told on two parallel, nostalgic planes. The first is the shoeshine shop, where famed dancers Long-Legged George and Whitey come in for a shine as the boy listens to the story and watches the line grow in front of the Savoy. The second is the same shop in 1926, when Twistmouth himself took the father across to the newly opened dance palace, where he danced joyfully until joining his wife back at home for the birth of their son. Told from the boys point of view, the story is brought to life through Lewis beautifully lit, expressive watercolor paintings. The appended authors note includes information about the Savoy Ballroom and the Lindy Hop as well as brief biographies of five famous dancers from the early period of the dance club. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 11-01-2005) (Booklist, vol 102, number 5, p60)
  • Gr 2-4 –A boy affectionately called “Happy Feet” sits in his father's shoeshine shop in Harlem and listens to the story of the night he was born in 1926. On that same night, the doors opened across the street at the famous Savoy Ballroom, one of the first venues where blacks and whites could dance together. “Twistmouth himself knocked on the door, asking the cost of a premium shine. ‘No charge,' I told him, ‘it's jelly on the cuff.' ‘Well then, alligator,' he said, ‘are your boots laced?' And he ticketed us both across the street to the head of the line.” The story captures the mood and language of Harlem in the '20s and '30s, and introduces some of the famous faces at the Savoy, including “Twistmouth” George Ganaway, “Musclehead” Frank Manning, Big Bea, and others who invented dance steps that became famous in the swing era. Lewis's rich-toned watercolors bleed in and out of focus for the dancing scenes, transmitting excitement and joy. “‘When folk are swinging,' Whitey sings, ‘ain't nobody better than nobody! Salt and pepper–equals! Cats and chicks–equals! Everybody just coming to dance.'” Happy Feet takes a backseat to the characters in his father's story, serving really as a framing device; it works fine for this charming, brief tale that makes a dramatic read-aloud introduction to swing and the Savoy.–Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA --Nina Lindsay (Reviewed November 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 5, issue 11, p100)
  • A valentine to the renowned Savoy, narrated by a lad born on the day it opened in 1926 and illustrated with eye-filling watercolors featuring sharply dressed hep cats and hot, high-steppin' crowds. Young Happy Feet loves to hear his father, owner of a shoeshine shop just across the street, tell about the night he was born, when "all of Harlem togged out in their finest threads," and "even the rich white dukes came flying in from Hollywood" to swing and fly in the "hottest, coolest, most magnificent, superdeluxe dancing palace." Closing with a roster of renowned Lindy Hoppers, from Leroy "Stretch" Jones to Big Bea, this tribute will take young readers back to Harlem-as-it-was as persuasively as Debbie Taylor's Sweet Music in Harlem (2004), illustrated by Frank Morrison or Amy Littlesugar's Tree of Hope (1999), illustrated by Floyd Cooper. (Picture book. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2005)
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147668
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DLC
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Michelson, Richard
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[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 5-8
  • AD700L
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Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.M581915
LC item number
Hap 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
3.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Lewis, Earl B.
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Dance
  • Fathers and sons
  • African Americans
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
preschool
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the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me
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Happy feet : the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me, Richard Michelson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
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Includes bibliographical references
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
597012
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780152050573
Lccn
2004024399
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780152050573
Other physical details
color illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780152050573
Label
Happy feet : the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and me, Richard Michelson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
597012
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780152050573
Lccn
2004024399
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780152050573
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780152050573

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