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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

The Digger Dance

by (author) Judy Ann Sadler

illustrated by Yong Ling Kang

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Imagination & Play, Multigenerational, Cars & Trucks, Cooking & Food
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
2 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price

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A boy delights in the discovery that diggers can dance!

When a young boy’s grandmother tells him that diggers can dance, he wants to see the dancing in action! But the diggers stay parked in a row outside their window while it rains. As the boy and his grandmother wait for the skies to clear, they decide to bake together.

Using his imagination, the boy discovers that baking and diggers have a lot in common. He scoops and shovels sugar, digs in the dough, and soon the sun returns. He runs out to watch the diggers, and they really do dance: dipping low, lifting high, swinging, bending, and spinning!

This whimsical story gently enforces social-emotional learning concepts while spotlighting the joys of play. Watercolor illustrations bring the energetic, rhythmic text to life, making for a perfect read-aloud that will inspire kids to see their surroundings through a creative lens.

About the authors

D’aussi loin qu’elle se souvienne, JUDY ANN SADLER a toujours aimé lire, écrire et fabriquer des objets. Alors que ses enfants étaient encore tout petits, elle a décidé de combiner son amour des mots et sa passion du bricolage afin d’écrire des livres d’artisanat. Elle en a plus de 20 à son actif, en plus d’albums, de dizaines de chroniques d’artisanat et de nombreux articles de magazines. Judy Ann vit avec sa famille à London, en Ontario.


Ever since she could remember, JUDY ANN SADLER has loved to read, write, and make things. When her kids were little, she decided to combine her love of words and crafts by writing craft books. Along with over twenty craft books, Judy Ann has written picture books, dozens of craft columns, and numerous magazine features. Judy Ann lives with her family in London, Ontario.

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YONG LING KANG is an illustrator who grew up in Singapore and is now based in Toronto, Ontario. She is fascinated by storytelling, and has honed her craft through picture books, Manga, cartoons, and formal schooling in an animation program. She has illustrated several picture books, including The Midnight Club, This House Is Home, and William's Getaway.


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Editorial Reviews

"The playful illustrations by Yong Ling Kang work alongside Sadler’s text to bring the energetic characters and setting to life ... Young readers interested in construction vehicles will greatly enjoy reading The Digger Dance."

Canadian Review of Materials

"A creative and imaginative book that young children are sure to find relatable."

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

"The story provides an interesting look at the graceful movements needed for effective construction and demolition, and the watercolor and pencil illustrations help to capture that beauty ... A well-constructed view of construction."

Kirkus Reviews

"In an immersive, movement-forward readaloud, Sadler explores imagination and imitation as an exuberant young construction fan discovers the grace of enormous excavators."

Publishers Weekly

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