|Celebrating the father-daughter bond|
|Written by Karen Schmidt|
|Monday, 09 March 2009 05:47 PM America/New_York|
Story by singer Cindy Morgan based on the popular Point of Grace song
Music and story come together in Dance Me, Daddy, (978-0-310-71762-1, $16.99) an endearing picture book celebrating the unique relationship between a girl and her father. Singer-songwriter Cindy Morgan wrote the story based on the song “King of the World,” recorded by Point of Grace.
Zonderkidz will publish the book in early April. Included with the jacketed hardcover book for 4- to 7-year-olds is an audio CD of Morgan reading the story with Point of Grace’s rendition of the song.
Vivid illustrations by Philomena O’Neill depict Morgan’s story of a young girl who dresses up in her princess costume—complete with tiara atop her pigtails—and begs her father to “dance her” by spinning her around as she stands on the tops of his feet.
The father-daughter relationship unfolds through the book as dad splashes in the kiddie pool with his girl, chases her and playfully sips tea at her make-believe tea party. As the daughter grows, she develops other interests and friends, but continues to revel in dancing with her dad until their final dance—at her wedding.
Morgan won the 2008 Dove Award for Country Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for “How You Live,” the title song for the Point of Grace album that also includes “King of the World.” Of the song, the group’s Denise Jones said: “All three of us have incredible fathers, and we’re thankful to have a song that pays tribute to them. There just aren’t a lot of songs out there that highlight the true importance of a father’s role in a girl’s life.”
Dance Me, Daddy may particularly appeal to fans of singer Steven Curtis Chapman’s popular “Cinderella” ballad, written to remind him to spend time with his daughters while they were still young.
Retailers can cross-promote the Point of Grace album with the book through a Zonderkidz introductory promotion. A 12-copy floor display is available to merchandise the book during the Father’s Day and wedding seasons and offers a pocket in which to display the group’s How You Live: Deluxe Edition CD along with $5 coupons toward the purchase of both the book and CD.
To order, call Zondervan at 800-727-1309, or visit www.zondervan.com.