Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Song and Danceman
Author: Karen Ackerman
Illustrator: Stephen Gammell
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Publication Year: 1988
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Caldecott Medal, Horn Book Fanfare, Booklist Choice,
Summary: Grandpa danced on the vaudeville stage and he shows the kids his memorabilia from the ear. He puts on his old costume and performs for the kids in the attic. His show is "better than any show on TV." The enjoy the show, but Grandpa knows he wouldn't trade anything for the time he gets to spend with his grandkids. The illustrations are beautiful with lovely rainbow backgrounds that glow with the good feelings that Grandpa has with his memories and with his life.
Classroom Ideas: The word choices here are wonderful (lots of similes like "shoes make soft, slippery sounds like rain on a tin roof") Although Grandpa doesn't talk too much, he's a strong character.