Thursday, May 3, 2012

Caldecott and Newbery Medals 1989

Caldecott Medal, 1989

Song and Dance Man was written by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. This is the story of a Grandpa who revisits his time in Vaudeville (when there was no TV) for his grandchildren. His tap dancing and magic tricks entrance (mesmerize) his grandchildren who “laugh so hard the hiccups start.” This is a charming story with beautifully detailed colored pencil illustrations.

Newbery Medal, 1989

Joyful, Noise, Poems for Two Voices was written by Paul Fleischman. The black and white illustrations were drawn by Eric Beddows. This is not a fiction story (as most Newberry winners usually are), but instead is a compilation of poems about insects (book lice, honeybees, house crickets, and fireflies, to name a few). What makes this book different is that it was written to be read by two voices – sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous(ly?). This book is meant for good readers – (third grade, at least, I think) and would be great fun for you and your child to read together.

Book Reviews by Susan Berry

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