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Song and Dance Man (Dragonfly Books) Paperback – January 15, 1992
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Note to teachers: This book can be used in a unit pertaining to family and would be an excellent source for teaching another area of diversity, the elderly.
Three bright eyed urchins appear at their grandfather's door one day, to his evident delight. Without further ado he leads them up into the house's attic where he keeps a trunk of old treasures. It takes a little sifting and shifting to find exactly what he needs, but soon Grandpa's old taps are on his feet and the lamps in the attic become the spotlights of a makeshift stage. Grandpa begins with a shuffle footed tap solo then moves on to banjo playing/singing, magic tricks, and awful old jokes. The night's entertainment is topped off with a grand finale of tapping and dancing. The crowd (of three) goes wild and everything is put away again. "But as he turns off the attic light, Grandpa glances back up the stairs, and we wonder how much he really misses that time on the vaudeville stage, when he was a song and dance man".
You've probably seen illustrations by Minnesota based artist Stephen Gammell before and just didn't know it. They've a kind of controlled insanity, though this book is not half as violent to the senses as his truly disturbing "Old Black Fly". Instead, this story comes off as merely messy, but with a vibrant undertone. The colors in the pictures are often of a sweet rainbow filled spectrum. Grandpa's nose, a permanent red, sits prominently on his kind face.Read more ›
Where the story doesn't ring true for me is when the children say things like: "But as he turns off the attic light, Grandpa glances back up the stairs, and we wonder how much he really misses that time on the vaudeville stage, when he was a song and dance man." This seems like a very adult observation.
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Love this book! I bought several of them to use in a Literature Circle for some of my higher reading 1st graders! Read morePublished 27 days ago by gschultz
I read this years ago at the library. I have my own copy and bought this for my nephews and nieces.Published 1 month ago by grandma sweetiepie
The 1989 Caldecott Medal Winner was this beautifully illustrated book with colored pencil drawings. This story begins with a grandfather talking to his grandkids about the times... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wilma Rodz
Bought this because my child lost her library book. When I did take it to the library, they couldn't accept it because it wasn't a hard cover. Love the price.Published 5 months ago by Reta94
I remember reading this book as a kid, it was a gift from one of my elementary teacher. I just loved this adorable story along with the colorful and we'll drawn illustrations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chanille Fambro
I love this book. It always makes me cry. This was for my dad in preparation for his new grandson.Published 9 months ago by Jessie S.
It was a little scuffed and dirty but it was almost brand new looking.Published 11 months ago by danielle Van Ness
Song and Dance Man written by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammell a picture book written in the 80's.
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