Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Arthur Howard
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby, live right next door to Mrs. Teaberry and her dog, Zeke. They all have a lot in common and frequently spend time together doing their favorite activities. Mrs. Teaberry decides that they should try out ballroom dancing! Mr. Putter isn’t so sure about it, but doesn’t want to let Mrs. Teaberry down. They attend a very fancy dance to test out their dancing skills. Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry work on the cha-cha while Zeke dances with the poodle on a woman’s skirt and Tabby bats at the sparkles that are everywhere. They all have a ball!
Dance the Dance is another beginning chapter book among over twenty in the Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Arthur Howard’s pencil and watercolor illustrations of the interactions between humans and their pets will keep you giggling through the whole book. You will find Tabby asleep in the hanging flower basket, Zeke wearing a tuxedo and a hat, and Mr. Putter trying out the cha-cha. The text is equally funny. There are just a few short chapters, making this a perfect book for beginning readers to read in one sitting!