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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

Dancing With Daisy

by (author) Jan L. Coates

illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
Multigenerational, Environment, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price

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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 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.

About the authors

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.

Jan L. Coates' profile page

Jos&eacutee Bisaillon a illustr&eacute plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et cr&eacute&eacute de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a &eacutet&eacute finaliste au Prix litt&eacuteraire du Gouverneur g&eacuten&eacuteral &agrave deux reprises et a remport&eacute le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatri&egraveme ouvrage de Jos&eacutee avec Orca, apr&egraves My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 &eacutecrit par Eric Walters, un succ&egraves de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montr&eacuteal avec sa famille.

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