This week at Wrapped in Foil blog we have another new picture book for National Poetry Month, Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Kristi Valiant.
You can tell from the title right off the bat this is going to be a fun and upbeat book. Who doesn’t like to dance? But Feel the Beat is also full of surprises.
First of all, we expect poems to have a distinct rhythm. Prolific author Marilyn Singer takes things a step further and incorporates the beats of the particular dance she is highlighting into the poem about it.
The second surprise: The copy I found at the library has a CD in the back with the poems read by the author. They are set to appropriate music for each dance. What a treasure!
The illustrations are fabulous. They are so energetic that they bounce off the page. Each captures the flavor of the dance it portrays without being too busy or visually overwhelming.
Do you want to use the book to teach about different cultures? There are historical and cultural notes about each dance in the back matter.
In conclusion, you’ll want to pick up Feel The Beat for Poetry Month and then enjoy it throughout the year.