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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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I liked this book. It touches a special place in my heart because grandpas are so important to kids. In this book, "Grandpa" was a tap dancer in his younger days. The grandkids always refer his younger days as "the good ole days". Grandpa put a show on for the kids in the attic and they really enjoyed it.
This book really shows respect for the older generation and I feel would be an exceptional book to read aloud a classroom. The pictures are also very well illustrated for younger children to understand the book.
Classroom ideas would be the kids wearing older dress up clothes that they would imagine an older tap dancer would have wore.
Also, play tap shoes could be worn and played with to interpret what it is like to participate in a dance class. ( )
  charli87 | Jul 7, 2015 |
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This is the story of a past-time dance performer in "Song and Dance Man" by Karen Ackerman, illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Grandpa (the past-time dance performer) loves having his grandkids over to visit. This time when they came he brought them to the attic to check out his old performing wear. They each tried on bits and pieces only then to watch a spectacular performance by their grandpa reliving his younger days. My favorite part is the illustrations that make the words written come alive when the grandpa is performing in the attic for his grandkids. If you love a class and reminiscent heart felt story then you will love this book. The song and dance man has still got it. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Apr 21, 2015 |
I personally loved this book for the illustration usage throughout the story and the development of the grandpa character in this story. Told from the grandchildren's point of view, the text is extremely charming and demonstrates a true admiration for the older generation. The soft, colored-pencil drawings explode with affection and nostalgia across each page and do the grandpa's exciting youth justice with the slashes of color and bold gestures in each drawing.This story is sure to enlarge the most devout television-watcher's idea of entertainment to think more about they types of experiences they will want to look back on and feel satisfaction for a life well lived. The overall message of the story, you're only as old as you allow yourself to feel, can hit home for readers of any age to take advantage of the opportunities life allows you to grasp. ( )
  ajohns75 | Mar 26, 2015 |
A grandfather delights his three grandkids with stories of his former life as a vaudeville dancer. He then takes them upstairs, puts on his old bowler hat, and shows off his old moves.
  Emackay24 | Mar 16, 2015 |
I liked this story for many reasons. First, the illustrations correspond so well to the text and I like that the pictures look like they are painted on the page with watercolors. Second, the plot is extremely relatable to all readers who have experienced time with their grandparents. The grandfather in the story talks to his grandchildren about the "good ole days" and shows them how he would perform to a real audience. Many grandparents talk to their grandchildren about how life was when they were growing up hence why this story is so relatable and spot on when it comes to describing how grandchildren and grandparents bond. Finally, the descriptive language and imagery the author used to show us (rather than tell us) what is going on in the story through her words. The author writes, "his tap shoes make soft slippery sounds, like rain on a tin roof." This quote takes an uncommon or unfamiliar sound to a reader and compare it or relates it to a more familiar sound in order to achieve clarity in writing as well as add imagery. This story had great family values, and demonstrated how significant our older generations are to us and our families.
  mtrail3 | Mar 8, 2015 |
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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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