The All-American Jump and Jive Jig

What It Is

In time for the 4th of July, this new release is a celebration of the diversity and regions of our great country. Take a tour of the U.S. through a rhyming story with stops along the way to hear and see the “jigs” of children in their hometowns. Starting off in Maine where two boys show us the “Rockland Sock-Hop”, the story hits the road, and you’ll learn the “Boston Tea Party” and “Brooklyn Boogie” before heading south to see kids perform the “Miami Mambo.” After a final stop for the “Juneau Jitterbug,” kids from all regions come together for the ultimate patriotic party and perform the title dance of “The All-American Jump and Jive Jig.”

Why It’s Fun

Each of the “jigs” in the book can actually be done as a quick dance so it’s a great excuse to get the kids moving. The illustrations are colorful and really bring alive the culture and uniqueness of each region. Illustrator Amanda Haley shows us kids scaling the Colorado Rockies, kicking up their boots in the Lone Star State, and Alaska’s youth jitterbugging in the snow. Some of the rhymes are a bit clumsy, but M.P. Hueston’s concept is so creative, they don’t undermine the fun and entertainment of the book.

Who’s Going To Love It

The publisher’s recommended age is 4 to 7, but it’s a fun read for the whole family and would make a nice children’s gift at a 4th of July barbecue. The book may be a bit long for the younger ages as a straight read, but it can easily be read over a period of time. Whether it’s the toe-tapping beat of the “Dixieland Band” or the groovy moves of the “Hilo Hula”, all will have a ball reading and dancing. Maybe kids will even want to come up with a dance for their own hometown!

Reading Time

About 5 minutes (dancing not included!)

Read-It-Again Points

9 out of 10

Book Information

The All-American Jump and Jive Jig
By: M.P. Hueston, Illustrated by Amanda Haley
Published by: Sterling Children’s Books (2010)
Approximate retail price: $14.95 (hardcover)

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