Song and Dance Man

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This article is about the children's picture book. For the 1926 silent film, see The Song and Dance Man.
Song and Dance Man
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Song and Dance Man
Author Karen Ackerman
Illustrator Stephen Gammell
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
ISBN 0-394-89330-1
OCLC 15485512
[E] 19
LC Class PZ7.A1824 So 1988

Song and Dance Man is a children's picture book written by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Published in 1988, the book is about a grandfather who tells his grandchildren about his adventures on the stage. Gammell won the 1989 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations.[1]


The book "Song and Dance Man" written By Karen Ackerman, and illustrated by Stephen Gammell in pencil drawings using full colors,


Three children visit their grandfather, and have a wonderful time as he reminisces about his performces on stage. He tells stories of when he was a vaudeville song and dance man, when people didn’t sit in front of the television for hours. He leads the children to the attic, and finds his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and tap shoes. He performs, telling jokes, dancing and singing, making the children laugh.

Critical reception[edit]

Song And Dance Man was published to very strong reviews.The New York Times Book Review called it " a charming, lighthearted and entertaining book",[2] the everyday Magazine described it as "a wonderfully nostalgic picture book",[3] the video version of "Song And Dance Man" was criticized positively by the "School Library Journal" as a very good addition to both school and public library collections.[4]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 – Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ "CHILDREN'S BOOKS." The New York Times. (February 12, 1989 , Sunday, Late City Final Edition ): 489 words. LexisNexis Academic. Web. Date Accessed: 2014/11/10.
  3. ^ "LIBRARIANS CHOOSE THE 'BEST'." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri). (January 15, 1989 , SUNDAY, LATE FIVE STAR Edition ): 1827 words. LexisNexis Academic. Web. Date Accessed: 2014/11/10.
  4. ^ Sherman, Louise L., and Phyllis Levy Mandell. "Song And Dance Man (Film)." School Library Journal 37.1 (1991): 58. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.
Preceded by
Owl Moon
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China