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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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Summary: Song and Dance Man is a story of a grandfather who lived the glory days of his life on the vaudeville stage as a song and dance man. In an effort to entertain his grandchildren one day and share with them a slice of history, he takes them to the attic to rummage for his old tap shoes, top hat and cane. He then proceeds to put on a show for them with his old favorite routine and much to their amazement they are thrilled with the performance. It is apparent to the grandchildren that their grandfather misses his days on the vaudeville stage.

Personal Reaction: Song and Dance Man was a fun story and a great reminder that elderly people that have lived many years before us have things to share. Often times we feel that the things of old are irrelevant but it is important that we not lose touch with the things of the past. This story reminds me of listening to my grandfather’s stories of his life as a Navy pilot in World War II.

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1. This would be a fun story to read before grandparents’ day to younger elementary students and have them prepare a song and dance routing for their grandparents.
2. After reading this story, students could work together to come up with a series of questions to ask their grandparents about things they would like to know about when they were younger.
  msmarymac | Mar 21, 2014 |
caldecott winner, 1989
colored pencil sketches
a trip up to the attic with grandpa transforms the old man into a young singing sensation...if only in his memory
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
This book is about a grandfather who reminisces with his grandchildren about the days when he was a stage performer
  bmmander | Dec 2, 2013 |
A grandpa sharing a story of his youth with his grandkids...sweet, fun story. ( )
  makasireh | Nov 26, 2013 |
Its always a great thing when your grandparents can share there old talents with the kids. I liked this picture book because the pictures actually compliment the words that put the story together. ( )
  rrobinson2 | Nov 18, 2013 |
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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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