Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

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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.

About Karen Ackerman

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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.
Published January 30, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Lucky kids--Grandpa used to be in vaudeville, and when he takes them to his attic, gets old costumes and tap shoes out of his trunk, and not only sings and dances but tells jokes and does magic tricks, ""the show is better than any show on TV."" Dumpy old Grandpa is comfortable in his modest reti...

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Publishers Weekly

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In this Caldecott winner, Grandpa relives his vaudeville days for an adoring audience--his grandchildren.

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Grandpa, once a song-and-dance man on the vaudeville stage, is invigorated by a visit from three grandchildren.

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Common Sense Media

While most kids who read the book are unlikely to have a grandparent old enough to have performed in vaudeville, the sense of nostalgia that permeates the book will be familiar to anyone who has spent quality time listening to their grandparents' stories.

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