Song and Dance Man

Song and Dance Man


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A beautifully nostalgic picture book about one grandfather's younger days that shows you're only as old as you feel!

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679819950
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/02/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 172,575
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
destinymbruner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A charming story of a grandfather spending time with his grandchildren by sharing a bit of his past with them. He shows them what life was like in the good old days when he was a song and dance man. I loved the illustrations and the fun the children have spending with their grandfather. This would be a nice book to use for Grandparents Day.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.
KaseyPlumbtree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summery: This book is about when grandchildren go to visit their grandpa and he puts on a show for them in his attic. He putts on his tap shoes, a hat and a vest and sings and dances for the children. Grandpa was a show star and is showing his grandchildren what his life use to be like.Personal Reaction: This book is full of charm and joy for children its very entertaining and the illustrations are amazing all the colored pencil art work.Classroom extension ideas: Have the class come up with ways to have fun like grandpa did and let them show the class. Thoughts on what the class thought about the book and the pictures.
sbuckner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Song and Dance Man is one of those happy books. On a sad dreary day this is the book to read. To have this book in the classroom would show the kids that having fun is aloud. That singing and dancing and reminiscing about found memories is a good thing. As a future teacher I would recommend this book to myself to have in my personal library.
Jessica24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This contemporary realistic fiction book tells of a grandpa who used to be a song and dance man a long time ago. He takes his grandchildren to the attic where he tries on old hats and pretends he is a dancer. He does magic tricks and sings and dances. At the end, he looks back and misses those days.I enjoyed this book because my own grandfather used to be a singer and i loved him showing us the things he used to do. This is a great contemporary relaitsic fiction book because it talks about human relationships.In the classroom I would, a whole unit on CRF. I would play a game of who is the best singer and dancer in the class.
heby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was instantly hooked by the colorful and lively illustrations of this book. The characters have such life and you feel the movement of the 'song and dance man' as he performs for his grandchildren. I could feel the nostalgia of the grandfather but his deeper love for his grandchildren.
VerrillC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I am teaching my students how to write Show not tell paragraphs or teaching them about similes and metaphors, this would be a great book to use. It is fun and it has memorable language.
angietangerine17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very touching. I didnt have grandparents in my childhood so reading about sharing memories was important to me.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful book written by Karen Ackerman depicts a fun and loving relationship between a grandfather and his grandchildren. The children are delighted with their grandfather's antics and his tales of a time long ago when he was young, dancing on the vaudeville stage. The book depicts the grandfather as an energetic and vivacious elderly person and a joy for his grandchildren.I would use this book when talking about extended families and generation gaps.
whitneyw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a great book about a grandfather who is up in age but puts on a show for his grand children, like he used to when he was young.
barnes08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about three little kids who visit their grandparents. The grandpa was a song and dance man, when he was younger. While grandma cooks supper the kids and grandpa goes to the attic. Grandpa pulls out an old chest that smells like cedar chips. The chest has grandpas old tap shoes, hats, vest and bow ties. The children pretend they were dancing. Starting out slowly getting a little faster, grandpa sang Yankee Doodle Boy while dancing. Grandpa did all kinds of moves with his cane. The kids clapped when grandpa was done dancing. The children hugged grandpa and enjoyed the day remembering the good old days of dancing. The book deals with aging, the grandpa tells of his past. I think the best part is that grandpa shared his past with the kids. I enjoyed the dancing parts with hat and cane. The connection the grandpa has with his grandkids is inspiring to all grandparents. I hope someday I can have the same connection with my grandkids. This book would be great on grandparent¿s day. It might be fun to let the children the dance and sing `Yankee Doodle boy¿. Talk to the class about the different time frames, how things change. Talk about how the grandpa was once young.
servantHEART on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grandkids staying at grandpa and grandma's house learn of grandpa's "song and dance days" on the vaudeville stage. The children get a glimpse of grandpa's talent in tap shoes and slide of hand. At the end of the story, grandpa glances up the attic stairs for one last glimpse of the glory days.I absolutely love the colored pencil illustrations. The color dances on the page. The illustrator makes grandpa's shoe color shine and reflect on the dance floor. The author captures the full range of reader's emotions in a visit to grandpa's.In the classroom, I would use this book to supplement a history lesson about pre-Depression days. It would introduce a familiar spelling word from the unit, "vaudeville."
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title explains the book to a ¿T¿. It is about a man who used to be a vaudeville stage performer. Now he is a grandpa, but when his grandchildren come over he takes them up to the attic and transforms back into the song and dance man of old. An awesome book! As a reader I liked the book a lot. I am very close with both of my grandpas, both with different characteristic, but when I was reading this book I imagined my grandpa doing the same thing. The pictures were not of good quality, but I didn¿t find myself using them very much.As a teacher I felt that this book was the perfect book to use when/if starting a classroom family tree and personal family tree. My students could describe what they do with certain family members when they are with them.
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SHELLI28 More than 1 year ago
This is not one that my 3 and 4 1/2 year olds pick out to be read to them and it's not one of my (their mother's) favorites either. Thought it sounded like a cute concept but is just kind of boring...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a grandfather showing his grandchildren what he did in his younger days. The grandfather gets in a dusty trunk and gets out a bowler hat, gold-tipped cane and says ¿Hey `Watch this!¿ and does a new step that sounds like a woodpecker on a tree¿. The grandfather explains to the children that he was a vaudeville entertainer, as they try on his old costumes and try out new steps. Read the book to see what else the grandfather will teach the grandchildren. Ackerman, Karen. Song and Dance Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopt, 1998.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Song and Dance Man' is a 1989 Caldecott Award winner written by, Karen Ackerman. In this book the attic becomes a stage as Grandpa performs for his grandchildren just as he did in the good old days, when he was a song and dance man. This Caldecott Award winner is sure to catch the eye of readers because it is a cute and funny story about a grandpa and his life in the good ole days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen Ackerman wrote a really cute and funny story about a grandpa and his good ole days. The 1989 Caldecott Medal Winner, 'Song and Dance Man' is a great book and shows a Grandpa performing for his grandkids. Stephen Gammell does a great job in the illustrations. I love the colors he uses. I think many kids will enjoy this book due to the humor it uses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: Song and Dance Man Reading Level: Third Grade 3.8 Genre: Fiction About the Author: Karen Ackerman has written several picture books, including Flannery Row: An Alphabet Rhyme, A Parents Choice Award selection, illustrated by Karen Ann Weinhaus Theo¿s Vineyard, illustrated by Mary Helen Wallace A Brighter Garden, illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Also a poet and playwright, Ms. Ackerman makes her home in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also the author of ¿Song and Dance Man¿ which was a Caldecott Medal winner in 1989. Book Review: Song and Dance Man is a story about a special time between three children and their grandfather. The children were surprised to find out what their grandfather was like when he was younger. The children were amazed as grandfather opened up a dusty old trunk and pulled out a bowler hat and a gold-tipped cane, and took them back to the good old days. ¿He says, ¿Watch this!¿ and does a new step that sounds like a woodpecker tapping on a tree.¿ As their grandfather described his life as a famous vaudeville entertainer, the children dressed in his old costumes and tried out some dance steps. At the end of this story, the grandfather treated the children to an entire performance of an old act. The grandfather discovered he enjoyed his day with his grandchildren even more than the good old days of performing on stage. ¿He smiles and whispers that he wouldn¿t trade a million good old days for the days he spends with us.¿ This is a wonderful, heart warming story that you are sure to love, and will enjoy sharing with your children. Bibliographic Information: Ackerman, Karen. Song and Dance Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grandpa used to be a performer dancing and singing so he entertains his three grandchildren in the same manner to their great pleasure. Grandpa takes them to the attic where he stores his performing clothes and performs for the children. The children return downstairs and their grandfther pauses so they began to imagine what he is thinking. What was Grandpa thinking? Read to fing out!This books reading level is ages 4-8 and it is a realistic fiction. Ackerman, Karen. Song and Dance Man. NY: Knopf. 1988.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The delightful children¿s book ¿Song and Dance Man¿ is by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammel. This book was published in 1988 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1989 for its beautiful illustrations. Ackerman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1951. She has published over twenty five children books. Not only is she an author, but she is also a poet and playwright. Today, she remains living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gammel is also very talented, and has received two Caldecott Medals for his wonderful artistic skills. Not only is he a illustrator, but he has also written several books ¿Song and Dance Man¿ is about three children who visit their loving grandpa. Their grandpa tells them about his past ¿in the good old days¿ or what he calls ¿the song and dance days¿. While visiting, their grandpa takes them upstairs into the attic to happily entertain them. While in the attic, their grandpa uncovers a dusty, brown leather trunk. When he opens it, inside are his¿What do you think the children¿s grandpa had in the dusty, brown leather trunk? How do you think he was going to entertain his grandchildren? This book is filled with marvelous illustrations. The pictures and colors are so captivating that they instantly grasp the reader¿s attention. The story is also warm, simple, sweet, and fun. The book shows a close relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren as well. In the story Ackerman writes, ¿He [Grandpa] smiles, and whispers that he wouldn¿t trade a million good old days for the days he spends with us [his grandchildren].¿ I think this is a very sweet and warming quote from the book. It shows how much the children¿s grandfather truly loves them, which I really adore. The reading level for this book is third grade, eighth month. Ackerman, Karen. Gammel, Stephen. Song and Dance Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the old days said the grandpa said he was a tremendous tap dancer. also did jokes and he tapped like the wind and after the show he put on for the kids he said he would no trade a 100 old days for the time with his grandchildren.I liked it because the grandpa said he wouldent trade any thing for spending time with the kids.
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.