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Dance of the Veggies (And Their Friends)

By Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Don Tate



32 Pages, 10.25 x 10.75

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9780997772029

Rights: WOR

Alazar Press (Apr 2018)

Price: $17.95


From Coretta Scott King Award winner Eloise Greenfield, a lighthearted look at the secret life of vegetables

What happens when the family closes the front door and leaves the house for an outing? "The head of cabbage, sitting in the fridge, hears the front door close, hears the click of the key … He looks out … sees his people leave … He stands in the middle of the floor … throws his head back and yells, "PAR-TAY!" Children and adults will experience this house party through the buoyant, rhythmic words of Eloise Greenfield and the playful, exuberant illustrations of Don Tate. Read and join the PAR-TAY!


"PAR-TAY with vegetables?!?! Who would have thought about the two in the same breath? Greenfield and Tate create veggie fun." —Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel, Training Director, Division of Psychology; Senior Associate in Psychology, Boston Children's Hospital

"Here's some fantasy story telling that gives an informative, fun and uplifting look highlighting the importance of vegetables in our diet." —Dr. Rich Bonanno, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University; Director, NC Cooperative Extension Service

"Beloved Eloise Greenfield's rhythm and rhyme sings in this sweet tale that swings with the movement and cool of Tate's acclaimed colorful art . . . and magic lives in the pages as veggies come to life when the family is away." —Kelly Starling Lyons, author, NEATE: Eddie' Ordeal, One Million Men and Me, Hope's Gift, Tea Cakes for Tosh and Ellen's Broom

"Bringing veggies to life and tossing them into a wild party is my kind of food fun! And love the fruit facts that add the right amount of information." —Daniel Minter, illustrator, Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness, Ellen's Broom, Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story and The Riches of Oseola McCarty

"A rousing read-aloud begging for enthusiastic performers." —Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews

"Greenfield writes vivid verses, with breezy references to different dance styles and flashes of real comedy ('Somebody save me!' says the ecstatic asparagus after 'doing the pop'). Tate's big shapes, bold colors, and infectious beats will hold up to many read-alouds." —Publisher's

"Any way to make kids find vegetables and fruits interesting is a win. Author Eloise Greenfield has made up a cute story, part in rhyme and part in prose, that strives to make vegetables fun. Cute cartoonish illustrations by Don Tate will help keep little ones interested." —Rosi Hollinbeck, Tulsa Book Review

"Young children will enjoy this pairing of healthy foods with the joys of dancing and music." —Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, CA, SLJ Online

Author Biography

With many award-winning books to her credit, Eloise Greenfield has achieved her status among the most celebrated of children's authors. Multiple lifetime achievement awards include a Living Legacy Award, a Hope S. Dean Award, an NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children among others. She has been inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. Africa Dream received the Coretta Scott King Award while the Coretta Scott King Author Honor and an ALA 2012 Notable Children's book honored her title, The Great Migration: Journey to the North. She received the Carter G. Woodson Award for Rosa Parks. For Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, she received the 1990 Recognition of Merit Award, presented by the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books. She received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award for Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, written with her mother, Lessie Jones Little. In 2013, Eloise Greenfield was one of twenty African American women who received the Living Legacy Award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). These are just some of Eloise Greenfield's many awards. Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children including Whoosh!, Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, The Cart That Carried Martin, Hope's Gift, and many others. He is also the author of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw, both books are Ezra Jack Keats award winners. Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf – a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children's literature.