Side by side with stacked plates they glide. My father twirls my mother by one hand. Laughing, she spins into his arms, then out again, like a yo-yo on a string.
And so two children spy on their parents as an evening kitchen clean-up turns into a celebration of love and family. Maurie J. Manning has created a beautiful testimony to family love in her lyrical and exuberant Kitchen Dance.
Here are three things I like about this book:
- The story is a beautiful glimpse of an ordinary moment, made extraordinary. Love oozes from the pages – between husband and wife, parents and children.
- Manning’s artwork is glorious – full of color and color. In particular, I love the facial expressions on every page.
- Though not a rhyming text, Manning’s writing is rhythmic. Readers will feel like they are swaying to the music and part of the dance.
Kitchen Dance is a beautiful family read-aloud, particularly for children ages 3-7. It would be a wonderful choice for a bedtime read.