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Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

Song and Dance Man (original 1988; edition 2003)

by Karen Ackerman, Stephen Gammell

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Title:Song and Dance Man
Authors:Karen Ackerman
Other authors:Stephen Gammell
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2003), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman (1988)



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This book is about a grandpa showing his grandchildren his past in the attic. How he used to dance, sing and do magic tricks. His grandchildren loved the show and loved seeing his past. This book was cute. I love when grandparents tell their old days stories. ( )
  knbenson6584 | Sep 15, 2016 |
Song and Dance Man is a story about a grandfather trying to teach his three young grandchildren about the "good old days." The story begins with the grandfather telling his grandchildren that back in the day they had better entertainment then just watching TV. So the grandfather takes his grandchildren to the basement which is filled with all of the grandfather's old props and costumes from when he use to perform on the Vaudeville stage. I think the book is a cute story that shows the realistic relationship between a grandparent and grand kids. It is relate able for children to read because most kids have grandparents that tell them all about the stuff in the past, and the things they have experienced. I think this book also provides a good teaching moment for a teacher to teach students about Vaudeville and the entertainment it provided back then. The illustrations in the book were very colorful and engaging that it catches your eyes while reading. Overall I really enjoyed the book and think that children will like it too. ( )
  NihadKased | Sep 14, 2016 |
With an attic overflowing with memories, Song and Dance Man Grandpa is on a mission to show his grandchildren that times were better before T.V. From canes and bowler top hats to matching bow-ties ,he does just that. From seeing his silhouette dancing in the light and hearing the lyrics of "Yankee Doodle Boy" the Song and Dance Man takes himself ,and his grandchildren, into another world full of color and imagination. This book is filled with more than just dancing and singing but magic and bonding. The song and Dance Man Grandpa can do it all, bringing proof to the old saying that" your only as old as you feel". What makes this book notable is that it is told from a child's point of view making the text easy to understand and enduring. With this book, educators can bring their students imaginations to life from the colored filled pages to the constant activity that goes on within this story! So put your best foot forward and and get to reading! ( )
  mkb027 | Sep 2, 2016 |
Grandpa reminisces about the good ol' days with his grandkids. He then decides to show them more about the good ol' days as he takes them into the atic. In the attic are the old clothes, posters, and music from grandpa's time. He entertains his grandkids with song and dance and they like his show more than the shows on TV. ( )
  mloya | May 3, 2016 |
Karen Ackerman writes about how a grandpa entertains his three young grandchildren. Instead of letting them spend their time watching television, he decides to take out his old tap shoes and perform for them. Once he starts his performance, the children forget that he is their grandpa and just see him as what he used to be, which is a song and dance man. The children and Grandpa all have a great time and truly enjoy each other’s company. Stephen Gammell’s illustrations are absolutely beautiful. After I read the book, I went back and only looked through the illustrations. Even without the words I was able to engage in a beautiful story. ( )
  cedoyle | Apr 25, 2016 |
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Once a song and dance man, Grandpa reclaims his youth and profession before the delighted eyes of his three grandchildren one afternoon. He simply cannot resist the urge to dress up in clothes left over from his vaudeville days--complete with top hat and gold-headed cane--and to perform tricks, play banjo and tell jokes. He taps, twirls and laughs himself to tears on a thrown-together stage in his attic. Artist Stephen Gammell takes full advantage of lamplight to render Grandpa in shadow and silhouette, trivializing the concept of age and creating a feeling of intense nostalgia. Related from the point of view of the children, the text in Song and Dance Man is soft and understated, and Gammell's artistry is superb. The book won the Caldecott Medal in 1989.

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Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

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