Best Review of The Midsummer Dance: Fun Rhyming Bedtime Story - Picture Book / Beginner Reader (for Ages 3-6) (top Of The Wardrobe Gang Picture 11):
Most helpful customer reviews 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. 'Just staying alive is a camouflage test' By Grady Harp British author Melinda Kinsman both writes and illustrates her popular children's books from her home on a small peninsula called The Wirral, in North West England. Melinda has to lie down a lot each day, due to health issues, she spends most of that time using her iPad to write and illustrate her books. That most assuredly does not deter her from composing excellent books that entertain both children and the lucky adults reading to them!For those who are new to Melinda's series of books, welcome to The Top of the Wardrobe Gang - a team of cuddly toys who write the stories and ideas in this (and other) books. In this Book 11 we join Molly Mouse and the rest of the Wardrobe Gang who expand their ranks by a trip into the woods for that special night even Shakespeare celebrated – the Midsummer Night. June 25th is the date, according to the posters, and on this night there are rules: no one gets eaten while trying to dance (the adherence to this rule is assured by owls circling above). The brave little mice arrive with food to celebrate, felling safe because of the rules. They square dance and have a good time until one of the hungry weasels observing the possible ‘feast’ gets swooped by a guarding owl. But he dance floor is fine, and new friends arrive – spiders and even a tiny snail who though difficult for predators to eat, hides in the logs to avoid hedgehogs and frogs. The snail has no feet but manages to dance by swaying her smooth shell. The snail’s courage encourages an earthworm to join and they pair off as dance partners – and close friends as well – until the light of the next day is seen through the trees ending the dance – and the treaty not to eat the dancers. But the evening has bonded two friends – and may even love!Once again Melinda delights us with a beautifully illustrated and lesson holding rhyming story. She even supplies bonuses for the lucky children to whom this book is given. Grady Harp, June 16 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. ~~Educational and Entertaining~~ By USN Chief, Ret..VT Town This is a educational and entertaining book for the little ones in your life. The author suggests it is for ages 3 - 6 and grades P -1.In addition to the lovely rhymes and assortment of animals, the author has included some 'big words' for you to explain to your child. A couple examples are: 'peace treaty and elegant'. She has also included some nice puzzles at the end with the solutions on a different page. These are cute as well and one involves matching mice to their shadows. Another is spot the differences between two pictures which I always think encourages a child to think in a different manner.The story itself is not only entertaining with the dance in the midsummer but also contains several spots where the parent is able to teach a younger one. There are all sorts of animals to be identified from raccoons, hedgehogs, a fox, birds, caterpillars, rabbits and mice to name just a few of them. A counting game could be played with the little ones when the mice arrive for the dance. Practice makes perfect is so true.All in all, a most delightful book which is both entertaining.and most educational.. The sign entering the dance says 'no one is eaten while trying to dance' and sets the tone for that aspect of the book. Do you think a snail can fall in love?I can easily envision the parent asking 'who took the weasel?' and await the answer from the child. The band itself is another teaching moment as the young ones can learn to identify some instruments in a band including drums, cymbals and a flute.Most highly recommended.Please note that I obtained this through the Kindle Unlimited Program. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Finding Friends By prisrob Do you like to dance? Do you like to dance alone or have a partner?The author, Melinda Kinsman, has written another delightful book. In this book beside the Top of the Wardrobe Gang, we meet some new characters. It is summer and time for the Midsummer dance. On this evening, all creatures can come to dance, and not be worried about being eaten by other creatures. Owls swoon through the night observing the activities and making sure all are safe. The mice have come, and they all bring cakes to feed the observers, a full belly is the best kind of belly. The snail inches along very slowly. She usually stays hidden, because she is so slow, others can take advantage of her slowness. Tonight Miss snail meets someone special, and when you read this book, you will understand the rest of the story.Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The book is written in rhyme, and that is one of the most fun ways to read and listen to a book. There is also a lesson to be learned, and that is another aspect of a very good book. The children will love to hear and see all the characters dancing, and to hear the story if miss snail. The illustrations are all colorful, vivid and bright, and they portray the fun of the animals and characters in this story. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.Recommended. prisrob 06-08-16 See all 23 customer reviews...
About the Author Melinda Kinsman lives on a small peninsular called The Wirral, in North West England. She loves climbing mountains and rock-climbing (both abroad, and in her local mountains of Snowdonia), and she has always had a soft-spot for cuddly toys! As Melinda has to lie down a lot each day, due to health issues, she spends most of that time using her iPad to write and illustrate her books. (Drawing can be especially challenging, as she needs to keep the iPad steady by balancing it with one leg up in the air - much to the amusement of her family!) Melinda originally wrote a book of poems for her 6 year old niece a few years ago, but never dreamt of trying to publish them, or of trying to illustrate them herself. The advent of ebooks and handheld tablets now makes self-publishing an exciting possibility for her! The Top of the Wardrobe Gang series of books are credited to both Melinda and a motley crew of cuddly toy characters. This bunch of cuddly toys live on the Top of the Wardrobe - they like to call this the "penthouse suite"! They enjoy reading, and want to try writing their own books. Most of the cartoon gang characters are based on "real" members of Melinda's cuddly toy family. You can find out more about Melinda, the gang, and their books from their website at http://topofthewardrobegang.weebly.com
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