Dancing With Daisy

By Jan L. Coates
Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon

Dancing With Daisy
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When he finds a photograph of his grandfather as a young man, Liam is full of questions. But that’s just fine, because Grampy has a story to spin with every answer.  

 

On a fall day in 1962, he tells Liam, he had a run-in with a nasty girl in search of a dance partner: Daisy ... Read more


Overview

When he finds a photograph of his grandfather as a young man, Liam is full of questions. But that’s just fine, because Grampy has a story to spin with every answer.  

 

On a fall day in 1962, he tells Liam, he had a run-in with a nasty girl in search of a dance partner: Daisy was her name. What follows is a tall tale about Grampy’s tango with a hurricane, and all those signs of aging—the wrinkles, the stooped back, the croaky voice, the false teeth—can be chalked up to Daisy’s persistence and Grampy’s refusal to dance. Of course, it takes a talking to from Nana to get that Daisy to blow off elsewhere.  

 

Acclaimed author Jan L. Coates and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon join forces in this charming picture book to craft a tale both touching and amusing about aging and the bond between a grandfather and his grandson. Bisaillon’s gorgeous, playful illustrations bring the dance to life, evoking that windy girl and her insistent ways, as well as the warm affection between Grampy and Liam.

Jan L. Coates

Jan L. Coates lives and creates in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has written many books for young readers; her first novel, The Hare in the Elephant's Trunk, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards. Some of Jan's other books have been short-listed for the Ann Connor Brimer Award, the Hackmatack and Willow Young Readers' Choice Awards, and the IODE Violet Downey Award. Other than reading and writing, she loves getting out on her bike, hiking, travelling, visiting schools, and spending time with her adult children who have become Ontarians.

Josee Bisaillon

As a young girl, Josée Bisaillon loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell. Since 2005, with scissors and brushes in hand, she has illustrated more than thirty-five children's books, several of which have received, or been nominated, for awards. Josée lives just outside of Montreal with her spouse, their three children, one hairless cat, and many paper characters.

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