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Dance by the Light of the Moon, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: June 18, 2016

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Dance by the Light of the Moon
Sing to the Tune of the Chorus of BUFFALO GALS (1844)
Words by Joanne Ryder
Illustrated by Guy Francis

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Delightful illustrations in this book remind me a little of those scenes in the musical OKLAHOMA or SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS when everyone is getting ready to go to the community dances.  The female animals in the book are all getting ready for the fun and picking each other up in the old time car to meet the fellas at the dance.  The words are all set to the tune of the chorus of the 1844 song BUFFALO GALS.

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You can hear the tune when Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart sing it in the movie IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

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