WARR ACRES — Alyssa Dean, 2, was reluctant to take a set of bells Tuesday and join a group of children at the front of a conference room at Warr Acres Library.
Award-winning children’s entertainer Jim Cosgrove, more popularly known as Mr. Stinky Feet, was assembling a band of children to help perform his song "Buggy Hop.” About 60 children and parents packed into the meeting room at the library for a concert with Cosgrove. He returned to Oklahoma to give three performances at libraries this week after performing for packed audiences last summer. Children started bobbing up and down as soon as Cosgrove, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, tennis shoes and a baseball cap, started singing a series of hellos to greet them. His energy and silliness seemed contagious. Soon children were dancing in an open area at the front of the room, and many parents joined them by waving their arms, rocking their bodies or pumping their fists from their positions on the floor. Alyssa often marches around to music at home with her grandmother, but she wasn’t sure about performing in front of the crowd, her grandmother said. But as soon as the song started, Alyssa wanted to join in. She tried to share an instrument with her sister, Kendra, who was shaking to the music. Kelly Biel brought her 3-year-old son, Vance, and her nephew, Roman, to the performance.
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