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I love my grandma.

really, I do. But she always embarrasses me.

See what I mean?

Whenever anyone asks her why she does such crazy things, she just says:

Because...

I think Grandma has a secret.

But what could it be?

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Overview

I love my grandma.

really, I do. But she always embarrasses me.

See what I mean?

Whenever anyone asks her why she does such crazy things, she just says:

Because...

I think Grandma has a secret.

But what could it be?

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The unnamed narrator of Baryshnikov's buoyant foray into picture books assures his audience, "I love my grandma, really, but she just always embarrasses me." She leaps over neighbors, imitates the dog asleep with its paws in the air, and pretends to skate like the narrator's friend Maria—without having skates on. "See what I mean?" he asks plaintively. Grandma's one-word answer to questions about her behavior is always "because...," until the final spread, where she completes the thought: "Because... I-am-a-dancer!" Though the boy begins by rather glumly recounting a week in his life with Grandma, the illustrations eventually betray him, as he tries a jeté himself, smiling at her encounter with some break dancers, and finally, a whole-hearted embrace of her sashaying, cartwheeling antics that sends them both flying above the rooftops of their urban neighborhood. Baryshnikov's casual text is perfectly paired with Radunsky's customary off-kilter images. Thickset Grandma, with her ample bosom and large bottom, defies the stereotype of a conventional dancer's physique. (She also defies gravity, as even arching backwards, her straw boater remains firmly stuck to her wiry hair.) The white backgrounds put the focus on the dancers, making them appear as if suspended in air. Grandma's sublime expressions and her pleasure at using her body to convey her happiness is infectious. Roll up the rug before you read this book aloud—it will get everyone up and dancing. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Let there be no mistake, this is an "ode to joy." Mrs. Duncan's red-headed grandson is dismayed at his grandma's antics. On Monday while out for a walk she actually leaps over a neighbor's head, while her grandson asks the reader "See what I mean?" He has already described how embarrassing she is as she goes leaping and cavorting about in their daily life. As the days of the week progress (nice teachable moment here), she manages to avoid answering the questions of her grandson and those who populate the neighborhood. The dog asks, "Why are you rolling over, Mrs. Duncan?" Grandson asks, "Why are you flapping like a butterfly?" To all she just answers, "Because . . ." But by Sunday she has a group of admirers following her as she prances past the mounted police officer and springs into the sky flying. The cat asks, "Why?" and the answer covers the last two-page spread: "Because . . . I-am-a-dancer!" The authors have encapsulated their philosophy of expressing oneself through the arts in this joyous distillation of Grandma Duncan's delight in dance. One need not be svelte or considered beautiful to express without hesitation the joy of life through the arts—dancing, writing, painting, etc. Radunsky's paintings of the characters are the absolute focus of each page as the background is completely uncluttered (mostly pure white backgrounds, one black page—it is night after all—and a couple with soft wash-like colors). But even with lots of white space, there is no lack of color or motion. The illustrations propel the text right through the ballet-like leaps, the swing steps of the 40s, the hip-hop-bee-bop of the street dancers, and the prancing leaps that send them flyinginto the sky. This introduction to the joy of expression will be a great read aloud to a group to elicit the practice of one's own brand of dancing, or to share with a little one as a prelude to taking a walk through the neighborhood and finding moments to celebrate with a quick "step or two."
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K-Gr 3 - Baryshnikov dances onto the stage of celebrity authors with a playful book about being true to oneself regardless of how others react. A boy recounts how his grandmother always embarrasses him, beginning with Monday when she leaps over a neighbor's head. As the week progresses, he quickly overcomes his discomfort and by Sunday has learned the reason behind her eccentric behavior. Fact and fantasy intermingle freely as the child describes his neighborhood, and everyone from the crossing guard to an alley cat responds to Grandma's antics by asking, "Why?" She brushes off their questions with a breezy "because" until she finally explains as she flies off into the sky, "Because . . . I-am-a-dancer!" The book's dialogue appears to be handwritten and is incorporated into the illustrations, creating a bold transition from the typeface of the narration. Light, playful characters float across the pages, their weightlessness and energy accentuated by broad expanses of white space. The strong artwork carries the spare, understated text, as the boy makes a surprisingly quick transition from embarrassment to awe and obvious pride. Fans of Baryshnikov and libraries looking for new titles about self-expression will wish to buy this book; others may consider it a supplemental purchase.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR

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A little red-headed boy is embarrassed by his grandma every day of the week. She leapfrogs, rolls over like a dog, slides, cartwheels, swings, gallops and finally flies through the air. Why? Because, as she exuberantly proclaims, "I-am-a-dancer!" Baryshnikov's narrator is a keen observer of his grandmother's behavior and the reactions of their neighbors. Readers realize that he truly loves her and admires her unabashed embrace of movement. Radunsky's grandma is zaftig but graceful and stylish; her boater hat remains rakishly in place. Conversations between grandma and the friendly neighbors of their street, including a variety of dogs and cats, are displayed in a handwritten font complementing the playful mood of the story from the curtained title page to the joyful finale. A promising debut as a picture-book author for the famous star of ballet and dance. Radunsky's trademark offbeat artistry makes him a perfect partner in this charming pas de deux. (Picture book. 4- 7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689875823
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov has danced all over the world and has received many honors, such as the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, and numerous honorary degrees. He was artistic director of American Ballet Theatre from 1980 to 1989, and cofounded the White Oak Dance Project with Mark Morris in 1990. In 2005 the Baryshnikov Arts Center opened its doors at 37 Arts in New York City. BAC is dedicated to the development of new talent in all disciplines: directing, writing, choreography, design visual art, and performance.

Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many wonderful books, including The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr and Woody Guthrie's Howdi Do. He is also the author-illustrator of 10 (ten) and (with Chris Raschka) of Table Manners.

The children whose quotes appear in this book all attend The Ambrit International School in Rome. This is their first book.

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    Great picture book for elementary children, anyone who loves the dance, and art instruction.

    I am a performance art teacher for 1035 first grade students and will be writing a lesson plan for our 1,000+ kinder students for both visual and performance art lessons. This lovely book is an excellent springboard for both visual and performance art.

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