Grandpa's Song

Tony Johnston, Author, Brad Sneed, Illustrator
Tony Johnston, Author, Brad Sneed, Illustrator Dial Books $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0801-3
Reviewed on: 04/29/1991
Release date: 05/01/1991
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-14-055682-7
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-8037-0802-0
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-606-08532-8
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When Grandpa laughed, ``everything near him shook like a train was passing through,'' and when he sang, ``the house hopped like a cricket and the pictures jumped on the walls.'' So says the narrator of this gentle book about the relationship between a vital, fun-loving man and his grandchildren. When Grandpa begins to ``forget things he should know''--including the secret song he has taught the children--they decide to sing ``the best song in the world'' at his birthday party. In his illustrating debut, Sneed's offbeat, distinctive watercolors emphasize Grandpa's ``kettledrum'' size and zest for life. The skewed perspectives and vibrant colors portray the enormous relative as he might have appeared to the children themselves. Johnston's ( Yonder ; The Badger and the Magic Fan ) story is poignant without being sentimental, and joyously celebrates the love between grandparents and grandchildren. Ages 4-8. (May)
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