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Song and Dance Man (1988)

by Karen Ackerman, Stephen Gammell

Other authors: Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)

Series: Gammell's Appalachian Tales (1988)

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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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A trio of children go to visit their grandfather, who was a vaudeville performer in his youth. Their grandfather laments the passing of the "song and dance" days, but he still pulls out all his old vaudeville gear and puts on a one man variety show for his grandchildren. The children are genuinely delighted by their grandfather's performance, and he is equally pleased to be able to share a piece of his personal history with his descendants. Though this story has a sort of melancholy nostalgia to it, I think that ultimately what the grandfather was missing was performing for an audience, so that in addition to passing along memories of his performance to his grandchildren, he was also able to realize that he didn't necessarily miss performing for a large audience, just a grateful one. ( )
  GIJason82 | Feb 25, 2022 |
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
  EKiddieKollege | Dec 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This is a fun book that is all focused on grandpa. He was a song and dance man that showed his grandchildren the attic where everything is kept. He puts his gear on and begins to put a show on for the children. They are very amazed by the moves and tricks that grandpa does. Once grandpa finalizes his small show, he comes to realize how much he misses doing dance. This story provides a fresh reminder that certain things that are done may bring back memories.
  rdelarca | Jan 31, 2020 |
This fun illustrated book is about a grandfather that reminisces about the days back when he danced on the Vaudeville stage. You can use this book in a social studies lesson to have the students write and conduct an interview of a member of their family and ask questions about back in their day or when they were your students' age. ( )
  lindseyluchak | Sep 19, 2018 |
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Karen Ackermanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gammell, Stephenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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For Shoshi, Ari, and Avi -- and for my father, Morry, who loved to waltz -- K. A.
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Grandpa was a song and dance man who once danced on the vaudeville stage.
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