Henry dreams of becoming a rock star drummer and practices at home
whenever he can. One day while Henry is drumming, his mom has to work,
and asks him to stop playing. Henry decides to go outside to play his
drum and he sees his friends. Henry wants to keep practicing, but he
also wants to play with his friends. By playing Freeze Dance, he can do
both. And when his mother finishes work that evening, they figure out
how to enjoy music together too.
School Library Journal - Henry loves playing his drums loudly like a rock star, but his mom has
work to do and would really prefer some quiet. So Henry takes his old
drum to play outside, where his friends are jumping rope. Soon everyone
is having a great time playing freeze dance together. Later that
evening, Henry’s mom finishes her work and invites Henry to join her in
silly dancing until bedtime. This emergent reader is broken up into
three short chapters with high frequency words and familiar vocabulary.
The illustrations depict a variety of diverse kids with cheery faces.
The story concludes with instructions for readers to make their own
drum. VERDICT This is a joyous ode to unplugged entertainment and
everyday life. Recommended for libraries looking for additional
Booklist - This title, coded for emergent readers, is part of the Dive into Reading
line of early chapter books, and features a smiling group of racially
diverse, neighborhood friends. Henry dreams of being a rock star, but
practicing his drums in the apartment disturbs his mother as she tries
to work. So he goes outside, where he plays lively rhythms to which his
friends dance in a game of freeze dance. Later, when she’s finished her
work, Henry and his mom dance in the living room until it is time for
bed. This is a sweet, simple story of an ordinary day that needs no
adornment. Ng-Benitez’s watercolor illustrations bring it to life with
expression, color, and movement. Instructions for how to make your own
drum will be a big hit, too.
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