by Lane Smith
NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2011
ages 4 - 9
available at your local library, favorite bookstore or on Amazon
While some reviewers have wondered how children will react to this story, the 2nd graders at Emerson really enjoyed it. The loved finding the different sculptures, figuring out why they were important in Grandpa Green's life. They enjoyed Lane Smith's humor and the details in the illustrations - noticing repeating images, foreshadowing and they symbols from Grandpa's life. And they responded especially well to the tender conclusion of the story, as the little boy describes how Grandpa tends to forget things more now, but that the garden remembers the important things for him. This is a book that worked well reading with a whole class, but will also invite repeated one-on-one reading.
We read Grandpa Green as part of a Mock Caldecott unit, in anticipation of the 2012 Caldecott award being announced on January 23rd.
Watch the trailer for Grandpa Green here:
Grandpa Green has received praise from many sources:
- 2011 Cybils fiction picture book finalist
- a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2011
- starred reviews from the School Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly
- Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-Day Almanac
- Natalia Ortega-Brown's A Picture Book a Day
- Jen Vincent's Teach Mentor Texts
- Tasha Saecker's Waking Brain Cells
- Travis Jonker's 100 Scope Notes
- Jen Robinson's Book Page
Review ©2012 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books.