Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point (Hardcover)

The Legend of Dancing Point

By Mary Quattlebaum, Leonid Gore (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374344528, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 3, 2006



Colonel Lightfoot is never modest, especially when it comes to his dancing or his fine Virginia land. One piece of that land is turning to mud, and the devil himself is rumored to live in that murky mess, for on dark nights sparks fly high. How to put an end to the devil's mischief? Why, a dance contest with the fiery fiend himself. The colonel bristles with confidence, but the devil is equally sure of himself, until, recognizing his own false pride in the devil's boasts, the colonel discovers the perfect way to outsmart him.
Witty, expressive illustrations aglow with color bring to life a Colonial American tale that sizzles and snaps with humor and folk wisdom.

About the Author

MARY QUATTLEBAUM has written a number of children's books and frequently writes for "The Washington Post." She lives in Washington, D.C. LEONID GORE has illustrated many picture books. He lives in Oakland, New Jersey.

Praise For Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point

"Bursting with sizzle, this version is devilishly crafty."  --Starred, Kirkus Reviews  "Witty and nimbly paced, a grand tale to share aloud."  --The Horn Book "All the infectious rhythm of a country dance."  --Booklist "Attractively atmospheric."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Told with tongue-tingling language, this story will make a great read-aloud."  --School Library Journal