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Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
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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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  mikeswanson | May 10, 2017 |
Genre:biography
Age Appropriateness:Preschool - 2
Review:Grandpa was once an song and dance man who misses his youth and profession. He decide to go back to stage in the hope of letting his three grandchildren to witness what he looks like on the stage one afternoon. He 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. The book really deliver the concept of the age and creating a feeling of intense nostalgia. From the point of view of the children, the text in Song and Dance Man is soft and understated. The book itself is well illustrated.
It is a biography because the author is writing this book to honor his grandpa,who is a real artist and love to waltz. ( )
  kliu16 | Apr 8, 2017 |
Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Mar 20, 2017 |
Song and Dance Man was enjoyable. I liked it for the personal connections a reader can make with it and the use of figurative language. I immediately personally connected to the book when I saw the cover page. This is because the older man on the front page is dressed exactly like my grandfather, down to the suspenders and socks. A reader has the ability to connect with the text by thinking of a time he or she spent with a grandfather. The figurative language is prolific and beautiful in Song and Dance Man. "Soft, slippery sounds like rain on a tin roof", "woodpecker tapping on a tree", and "his voice is as round and strong as a canyon echo" all all examples of Ackerman's use of figurative language. It truly allows a reader to image the sounds during the grandpa's performance. ( )
  mkenne29 | Feb 25, 2017 |
This book could be used as an interactive read aloud in grade 3 to show how to tell a story about something because they book tells a story about a grandfather dancing for his grandkids. The students could write a reflection on the story, specifically describing the grandpa because he is the main character in he story. It is better to use this book for third grade than K-2 because it is a longer book so the 3rd graders will be able to pay attention to the entire story.
  brandi3325 | Jan 20, 2017 |
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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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