Song and Dance Man

Song and Dance Man

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by Stephen Gammell
     
 

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Illus. in full color. "In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man. Gammell captures all the story's

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Illus. in full color. "In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man. Gammell captures all the story's inherent joie de vivre with color pencil renderings that leap off the pages. Bespectacled, enthusiastic Grandpa clearly exudes the message that you're only as old as you feel, but the children respond—as will readers—to the nostalgia of the moment. Utterly original."—(starred) Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this Caldecott winner, Grandpa relives his vaudeville days for an adoring audience--his grandchildren. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Another toe-tapping book! An ex-vaudevillian grandpa recreated one of his routines for his grandchildren. Soft-shoe dance music adds to the fun e.g. "Tea for Two."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Gammell's animated, crisp, colored pencil line drawings enhance this story of Grandpa, who was famous for his vaudeville song and dance. Clever details of his and his grandchildrens' personalities are consciously delineated as he now performs on his attic stage. The shadow and the performer, transformed by his art, complement the text tenderly. The spirit of song and dance are reflected in the careful placement of drawings and text; five times they stretch voluminously across double-page spreads, although the text is always legible. It is also poetic at times. The accurate depiction of old age and the magic of the theater rhythmically combine like a dance with a solid beginning, middle, and end. It offers enchantment for children and for the person of any age who reads it to them. In its entirety, this glimpse into a unique, artistic personality offers a sweet reminder of the joy in the diversity of people, much like Blos' memorable Old Henry (Morrow, 1987). In boldness, realism, and linear strength, the illustrations are reminiscent of Steig's Amos and Boris (Farrar, 1971), which is also about individuality and acceptance. However, the persistence of memory and the acceptance of individuality are sophisticated concepts. The book's only weakness is that it may too often be set aside by adults looking for something easier to digest. Gratia Banta, Germantown Public Library, Dayton, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394893303
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/14/2003
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,162,344
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 10.81(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Ackerman has written over 25 books for young readers, including The Night Crossing, A Brighter Garden illustrated by Tasha Tudor, and Bingleman’s Midway illustrated by Barry Moser.

In addition to winning the Caldecott Award for his spirited illustrations in Song and Dance Man, Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor Books, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker.

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Song and Dance Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'When we visit, he tells us about a time before people watched TV, back in the good old days, the song and dance days.' As a child you always here good stories about your grandparents life and experiences they have had. Sitting in the floor or cuddled up to your grandparent on the sofa you listen to thier past. The illustrations in the book were wonderful. They were colorful and a eye catcher with use of bright colors. Karen Ackerman wrote children's greeting cards and ran a children's bookstore before becoming a children's book author. She is a very creative author. She definitly knows how to revive the past experience of either telling stories of past events or listening to stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During the good ol'days people didn't have T.V's or video games. They had their imagination and music. The Song and Dance Man is a cute story about a man who used to dance on the vaudeville stage. Everytime his grandchildren come to visit, their grandpa tells them about when he used to dance. The children listen attentively, and their grandpa continues. They look at all the pictures and try to imagine what he looked like on the stage. Then out of nowhere the grandpa asks, 'I wonder if my tap shoes still fit.' The children begin to grin from ear to ear, wondering what their grandpa is about to do. The Song and Dance Man is a wonderful tale about a mans past as he shares it with his children to explain that there is more than T.V and video games. I loved reading this book, it cracked me up all the way through seeing what the old man could. The illustrations done by Stephen Gammel suit the story to a T. The pictures are colorful and full of life and seem as if they are really from the song and dance days. The author of the book, Karen Achermann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1951. She had her first children¿s book published in 1982. Since then she has published over twenty-five books. She won the 1989 Caldecott Medal with Song and Dance Man. I sensational story worth reading and talking about. Grade Level:3rd Ackerman, Karen. Song and Dance Man. New York: Dragonfly Books, 1988.