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Song And Dance Man

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,254 Ratings  ·  395 Reviews
Once a song and dance man, Grandpa reclaims his youth and profession before the delighted eyes of his three grandchildren one afternoon. He simply cannot resist the urge to dress up in clothes left over from his vaudeville days--complete with top hat and gold-headed cane--and to perform tricks, play banjo and tell jokes. He taps, twirls and laughs himself to tears on a thr ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Scholastic Inc.
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A sweet and lovingly fun romp through grandpa's past as a Vaudeville performer, this proves quite delightful, although I am at the same time also not magically "wowed" by it. Personally, I guess I would have liked (and perhaps even somewhat required) at least a modicum of historical background information, not so much within the text itself, but as an informative author's note or afterword. And thus, as much as I truly do enjoy and appreciate Karen Ackerman's Song and Dance Man, I am left with a ...more
I enjoyed this warmhearted tale of a grandfather sharing a glimpse of his Vaudeville performances of yore with his grandchildren. Loved the magic (theater is magic to me!) as they all climb up to the dusty attic and open the old chest containing the Vaudeville costume, the wonder as the grandpa polishes his tap shoes and tips the lampshades to shine like spotlights, while the children gather on piled up blankets and watch with awe and appreciation as their grandpa becomes something more than the ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is kind of neat and just a bit sentimental to me. The title makes me think of Bob Dylan, who has called himself a song and dance man before, ha. The grandfather in this story is a retired Vaudeville tap dance performer, who puts on a show for his grandchildren. His love for performing and the fact that he performed on Vaudeville make me think of my maternal grandfather and his family. My grandfather has a love for music, was quite the piano player in his day, taught music, and still pl ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Wilmarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 before television sets were in people’s homes. In that time, people entertained themselves going to shows where he worked as a song and dance man. He then took the kids too the attic where in the corner laid a leather trim trunk. In this trunk were the grandfather’s show biz ensemble, like the tap dancing shoes, wardrobe ...more
This is a picture book that will make you remember your grandparents with a fond memory or will make you want to visit them soon. This heartwarming story is told from the viewpoint of a grandchild as he visits his grandparents’ house. The grandfather used to be a tap dancer in the theater. He invites the grandkids up to the attic when they visit and gives them a show demonstrating his old dancing acts. In this book, one of the grandchildren expresses his feelings of enjoyment and connection with ...more
Salina King
Illustrations reinforce this sweet story of a grandfather performing for his grandchildren like he did when he was a dancer on the vaudeville stage. Small details from the text can be seen in the illustrations like the gold tip of the cane and the single spotlight on grandpa’s shoes. The illustrations, which look like colored pencil, are full of color, which help set the cheery and uplifting mood of the story. Through lines and shading the illustrator shows movement as the song and dance man tap ...more
Alana Salcido
Sep 08, 2015 Alana Salcido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a sweet story that many of us can relate to if we have a special grandparent in our lives. This story was about a very talented Grandpa and the day he shared his old talents with his little grandchildren. The children learn about the so-called "Song and Dance Days", the time before TV ruled the lives of youngsters. He ends up showcasing his talents in a special performance for his grandchildren one day when they visited. What follows is both funny and warms the soul of the readers. ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its the kind of grandparent house every kid wishes for. Complete with trunks full of stuff, blankets to sit on, and an engaged and engaging grandpa ready to not only tell you about "the good old days" but to show them to you with a show! This cute book reads to me like a love letter to theater and vaudeville. And that is great. But I think kids will latch onto the idea of a grandpa singing and dancing, while the parent will latch onto the fact that grandpa holds the stair bannister for support w ...more
"Song and Dance Man" by Karen Ackerman was a story of a Grandfather spending an afternoon with his grandchildren. During this time, he takes them into the attic to show them that there was once a time when people had to rely on things other than television for entertainment. He opens a chest and begins to show them all of his old things and even performs for them. Unfortunately, this story bored me a little bit, and was not my favorite. I think kids might enjoy this, but the only thing that kept ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the loving relationship that is so evident between the grandfather and his grandchildren. I love his joy and enthusiasm as he shows and tells his grandchildren about the "good old days" when he was a song and dance man (a vaudeville performer). But I especially love the wonderful illustrations that accompany this lovely story.
Jul 18, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A fantastic book that uses charming pencil drawings to create softly illustrated pictures that really enhance the story.

A grandfather takes his grandchildren up to the attic to share with them a time before TV, when he was a vaudeville performer.

His story is fun, and makes you want to call up your grandparents to have them tell their stories of their youth before they are gone. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

This book was selected as one of the books for the July 2016- Quarterly
Linda Lipko
This 1989 Caldecott medal book is a sheer delight.

When his grandchildren visit, they prod their grandfather to go into the attic and find his shoes, hat and cane and to put on a show.

As a vaudeville tap dancer, grandpa has many wonderful memories.

Captivating the children, who respectfully sit and watch the lovely show, all deserve a round of applause -- the children for loving their grandpa so much that they are interested in his previous life, and good ole grandpa who dims the lights, dons the
Tasha Gonzalez
Apr 20, 2016 Tasha Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book involves a grandpa who enjoys the visits from his grandchildren. But grandpa use to be a performer when he was younger and decides to put on a show for his grandchildren. The illustrations in this book really have a life of their own because of the rich color use and details that are presented to readers. For example, the grandpa's facial expressions are constantly full of happiness throughout the book probably because he has memories of his performing days and how delighted he is to s ...more
Christina Koester
The Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman is in the genre of the pictures books. This book has one an award called The Caldecott Medal. Song and Dance Man was about a grandpa would use to dance in the good old days on the Vaudeville stage. The age group that I think would be well to read this book would be 5 and up. Grandpa would show the kids how much he loved to dance in the good old days, by putting on a show for them to watch. I gave the Song and Dance Man a five star rate because I feel that ...more
Tongtong Wu
Apr 15, 2016 Tongtong Wu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Song and Dance Man (2003) by Karen Ackerman, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)

This is a story about grandpa, once a song-and-dance man on the vaudeville stage, is invigorated by a visit from three grandchildren. They climb the stairs to the attic where mementoes of the past glitter invitingly through the dust. The reminders of days gone by beckon to Grandpa; he wants to show his grandchildren what made a song-and-dance man great. Throwing open an old trunk, he arranges a stage while the chil
Payton Hiscok
Apr 07, 2016 Payton Hiscok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During a visit to their grandparents house, three lucky grandchildren get a glimpse into the old days before television was the main source of entertainment. Grandpa invites the children up into his attic where he pulls out his old tap shoes, hats, and outfits that he used when he was the song and dance man. Then, he puts on an amazing show with dancing, singing, magic, and comedy that amazes the kids and makes them wish they could have seen him live on the vaudeville stage back in the song and ...more
Lizzy Herda
Apr 05, 2016 Lizzy Herda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. Song and Dance Man Written by Karen Ackerman, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
The Song and Dance Man is a cute story about a grandpa who had a beloved passion for performing dance. Grandpa’s grandchildren come for the day and get to explore his attic where he kept his tap shoes. Getting the grandchildren all excited they ask him to put on a sing and dance show. The illustrations perfectly fit the text in this book. Having warming colors that fill the pages with what seems to be a colored pencil
Monique Isaak
Grandpa opens the attic with the purpose to find his old dancing apparel. Little do his grandchildren know that he is full of talent and known to be the song and dance man. The grandchildren watch as he entertains them underneath the “spotlight”. After he completes his performance, the grandchildren are amazed and want to see more. Although he loves his memories from his glory days, he reassures his grandchildren that he would never trade all the time he gets to spend with them over signing and ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Song and Dance man by Karen Ackerman uses beautiful colored-pencils sketches and the motif of family to create a sentimentality while demonstrating the overall importance of family.

When 3 children arrive at their grandfathers house, they know to expect him to go back to the good old days of his dancing on a vaudeville stage. They all go to where he stores his clothes from this time, and as he takes them out, they are essentially transported to what it was like for their grandpa. They watch as h
Ryan Emily
Feb 03, 2016 Ryan Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i. The Song and Dance Man is a story about the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchildren. His three grandchildren are visiting him and the grandfather is teaching them about his life and the adventures he took in the “good ol days.” In his pursuit to tell the children about his favorite times, he somehow manages to pull them away from the television they are watching, a true testament to how times have changed. The grandfather encourages the children to follow him to the attic, wh ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: The story starts when 3 children arrive at their grandfather’s house to visit. The kids start having a really good time as their grandfather began telling stories from the good old days when people didn’t watch television as a form of entertainment. While doing so, he takes the kids to an attic full of the things he used to wear as a vaudeville performer. Grandpa pulls out his old dusty tap shoes, a tall black hat and a gold-tipped cane and immediately starts performing for his grandkid ...more
John Cruz
Sep 23, 2015 John Cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to start by saying that this book is definitely deserving of the Caldecott medal!! The illustrations in this book are amazingly simple, yet add to the whimsey of the grandfathers story to the children. The Song and Dance Man is about a grandpa who takes his three grand kids up to his attic where he pulls out a cane, tap shoes, ad a bowler hat. Grandpa tap dances across the floor, giving the children a show, showing them what it was like to dance on the "Vaudeville Stage," as a song and da ...more
Christopher Seideman
The narrator, one of three children, recounts their frequent visits to visit their grandfather, a retired vaudeville stage performer. The “Song and Dance Man” drags the children up to his attic, telling stories of the days before television where people from all over would gather to see him and his colleagues perform. However, when he stumbles upon a trunk of his old props and costumes, a game of pretend quickly turns into a captivating performance.

Besides the endearing story, Stephen Gammell’s
Alex Martinez
This story by Karen Ackerman is a story is about a little boy and girl visiting their grandpa. Through there stay at the grandpa’s house, the grandpa is entertaining them. This grandpa is not like every other grandpa. HE is entertaining his grandchildren by dancing and singing songs to them. It is like he is putting up a show for them. They are in the attic and he sets up his stage. He performs as if he was performing to an audience and the kids love it.

In this book, the illustrations were very
Madison Niksich
Ackerman, K., Gammell, S., & Knopf, I. (1988). Song and dance man. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Song and Dance Man tells the story of a grandpa and all the surprises he has up his sleeves. Grandpa loved to sing and dance and would always talk about the days when people wouldn’t watch TV. He would show his grandchildren old pictures of him and his trunk full of his dance career like his old tap shoes. The grandpa puts on a fabulous show and the children wish they could have seen him da
Paola Galindo
Mar 29, 2015 Paola Galindo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Song and Dance Man” is told from the perspective of the Song and Dance man’s grandchild. Whenever the narrator goes to the Grandpa’s house he gathers all the children into his attic and he performs his old vaudeville routines from the old days before there was television. His performance makes the children laugh and enjoy themselves, it’s better than any TV show. At the end of it, grandpa puts all his things away and goes back to his regular life.
From the beginning the colors in the story
This poignant picture book, winner of the 1989 Caldecott Medal, features a grandfather who enjoys visits from his three grandchildren, partly because he gets to spend time with them but also because he has a chance to relive his past glory days. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that Grandpa was once a vaudeville performer. As he sings, dances, tells jokes, and clowns around with the youngsters, they are mesmerized and watch as the years slip away from his shoulders. The illustrations are fil ...more
Sarah DeWalt
Mar 08, 2015 Sarah DeWalt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is an adorable story about a typical Grandfather telling the story of the good ol’ days to his loving grandchildren. This particular Grandpa’s story is about how he was the song and dance man that preformed on the vaudeville stage. He takes his grandchildren up to the attic to get out all his song and dance costume. The children try some on and pretend to live in the good ol’ days of song and dance. Grandpa during that time is putting on his tap shoes and boulder hat and preparing him ...more
Shelby Summerville
The book Song and Dance Man written by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammell is a lovely book about a grandfather reliving his glory days by preforming for his grandchildren. The story begins with Grandpa lounging in a chair when his three grandchildren arrive. Grandpa likes to tell them stories about a time before TV's, a time when he was a song and dance man on the vaudeville stage. Grandpa takes his grandchildren to the attic, wondering if his old tap shoes still fit. Upon ente ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Ashlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Song and Dance Man, written by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammell is a picture book written in the 1980’s about a man whose grandchildren come over to visit and he starts telling them about how he used to sing and dance. His grandchildren love to visit him, and one day he decided to take them upstairs to show them his old box of dance equipment. The children start playing dress up with the outfits and their grandpa tries on the tap shoes to see if they still fit. They did! The ...more
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