Papa Lucky's Shadow

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Once a champion dancer, Papa Lucky long ago put away his dancing shoes. But now, despite his daughter's protests, he is trying out his old moves as a street performer--and his granddaughter Sugar is joining in. "Told affectionately from Sugar's view, this (is a) warm, intergenerational story. . . . Daly's watercolor and pencil illustrations are filled with movement and rhythm".--"School Library Journal". Full color.

With his granddaughter's help, Papa Lucky takes his...

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1999 Trade paperback New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. Picture book. 32 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

Once a champion dancer, Papa Lucky long ago put away his dancing shoes. But now, despite his daughter's protests, he is trying out his old moves as a street performer--and his granddaughter Sugar is joining in. "Told affectionately from Sugar's view, this (is a) warm, intergenerational story. . . . Daly's watercolor and pencil illustrations are filled with movement and rhythm".--"School Library Journal". Full color.

With his granddaughter's help, Papa Lucky takes his love of dancing onto the street and makes some extra money.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Papa Lucky could ``dance the sequins off a champ'' when he was a young man--but marriage and children required him to work a steady job and save dancing just for fun. Now, Papa Lucky is a widower and has moved in with his daughter's family. He decides to shine up his dancing shoes and earn his keep on the streets where ``money walks and money talks.'' Lucky's grandaughter Sugar is delighted--despite her mother's protests--and even learns a few moves herself. Before long the engaging duo changes Ma's mind. Daly's text brims with both wide-eyed admiration and fond remembrance, and the family dynamics at work here ring true. The peppy be-bop quality of Sugar's narrative might inspire some impromptu toe-tapping. Daly's sketchy watercolor and pencil illustrations have a predominantly purple cast and the fluid lines of Papa Lucky suggest a combination of nimbleness, style and grace that send him ``jiving and bamboozling'' across the pages. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sugar's widowed grandfather takes her with him as he dances on the street for change. "Daly's text brims with both wide-eyed admiration and fond remembrance," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Vaudeville is history but many grandparents remember it and share their memories of the 'good ole days' with their grandchildren. This story is a charming soft-shoe tale that will send you searching for music like "Me and My Shadow." When Sugar's granddaddy shows her his old tap routines, she becomes his shadow and learns to dance beside him without missing a beat. Like Papa Lucky, you'll be snapping and tapping til the story's end. Daly's soft-hued paintings are a perfect accompaniment to her story.
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Papa Lucky was a dancing man and, when he moves in with Sugar's family, he brings with him tales of his toe-tapping past. Despite his age, Papa Lucky wants to dance for coins in the street to help with the family's finances. Sugar's mama warns Papa Lucky "not to put ideas in Sugar's head," but the ideas take root, nonetheless. Together, Sugar and her grandfather take to the streets with their act and, finally, perform at Papa' Pensioner's Club. This is a purely sweet and unaffected intergenerational story. Papa Lucky and Sugar share both a talent for dance and a joy for living. Daly's water color illustrations capture Papa Lucky's zest, along with the style and glory of his past. It's clear that Papa Lucky still has the moves, and so does this book. Terrific for sharing with younger and older family members.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Tucked away on her grandfather's lap, Sugar listens happily to stories about the days when he could `` . . . dance the sequins off a champ.'' Now retired from his job with a moving company, Papa Lucky is ready to fix up his tap shoes and start rehearsing, hoping to earn a little extra money by dancing. Despite disapproving glances from her mother, the girl becomes his biggest fan. When the man starts dancing on the city streets, the child acts as his ``hat girl,'' picking up the coins thrown by onlookers. After nailing bottle caps to an old pair of her shoes, the duo secretly rehearse a number for the Pensioners' Club party, where they perform in perfect harmony. Told affectionately from Sugar's point of view, this warm, intergenerational story is flavored with a bit of nostalgia. Daly's watercolor and pencil illustrations are filled with movement and rhythm: Papa Lucky has the gracefully lanky look of tap stars from the '30s and '40s. Whenever he is in motion, his features take on an expression of such euphoria that it is easy to see why Sugar is captivated. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689824302
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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