Barn Dance

Read best with a twang, Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault’s Barn Dance has the rhythm of a square dance.  If you lived on a farm, wouldn’t you want to sneak out in the middle of the night for a secret party with the animals?

This book is all about language–rhythm, rhyme, vocabulary, slang.  Talk and find examples of these elements.  City kids might not know what a cottonwood tree is, or a fiddle or curtsey.  Words like plink, honeyed and oozle offer discussion on onomatopoeia. Is oozle in the dictionary?

First see if you can define it from context clues, either as a group or individually.  Then check your classroom or home dictionary.  Check out a few.  After doing your own legwork,  you still need a helpful hint, go to .


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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