With the text by Kelly Bennett and the illustrations by Terri Murphy, young readers get
a sense of what one form of entertainment was like in recent-past rural America in the
delightful little book Dance, Y'all, Dance.
The story is told in a two-step rhythm which further enhances the theme of Saturday
night's entertainment—music at the local dance hall, which was probably the only
venue for entertainment in the area. The illustrations, though exaggerated, capture the
essence of the story—family and friends having a good time on Saturday night after
a week of hard work on the farm or ranch.
The authorís notes provide information to teachers on how to use the book for classroom
reading. Older parents or grandparents can read the book to their children and grandchildren
and indulge in a little nostalgia, adding their own experiences of such events.