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Posted May 24, 2001
A Great Gift from Young Grandchildren to Their Grandparents!
With father's day coming up, what could be nicer than to surprise a grandfather with a gift from his grandchildren? . . . especially, since this book is also a great gift for grandmothers! If you are familiar with the brilliant book, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best, this book uses the same format. The book has two covers. One proclaims 'What Grandpas Do Best' and the other says 'What Grandmas Do Best.' Each is printed upside down of the other. One is the back cover for the other. Then the text for the two stories is exactly the same. But the illustrations are different. Each one proceeds from the appropriate cover, and they meet upside down in the middle. Each text encourages grandchildren to be aware of new activities that they can do with their grandparents. Since each grandparent is handled separately, this avoids any uncomfortable problems if a grandparent has passed away. Your child just get to love the remaining grandparent twice as much! Do be prepared for having grandparents and grandchildren represented as animals. That's quite a clever way to make the story more interesting, and to provide an excuse if a grandparent cannot or does not want to do something. 'That's only what bulldogs do!' 'Grandmas/Grandpas . . . can play hide-and-seek.' ' . . . make you a hat, then take you for a walk.' Grandmas are foxes (not bad!) and grandpas are guinea pigs (hmmm). 'Grandpas/Grandmas . . . can paint with you, show you their photographs, and teach you how to dance.' Grandpas are pigs (ugh!) and grandmas are mice (hmmm). 'Grandmas/Grandpas . . . can take you on a picnic, show you some magic tricks, and help you fly a kite.' Grandmas are frogs (whew) and grandpas are elephants. 'Grandpas/Grandmas . . . can take you to the beach, help you build a sand castle, and take a nap with you.' Grandpas are bulldogs (ugly!) and grandmas are raccoons (cute!). 'Grandmas/Grandpas . . . can play games with you, give you a bath, and sing you a lullaby.' Grandmas are Scottie dogs (nice!) and grandpas are chimpanzees (hilarious!). 'But best of all, Grandpas/Grandmas can give you lots and lots of love.' This text has an illustration of all five animal types for each grandparent and grandchild combination. I think the grandmas got the slightly better deal here, but you can all laugh just the same. The illustrations are charming and will provide the basis for lots of little jokes with your grandchild. If the grandparent lives at a distance, you might buy two books (one for the grandparents and one for the grandchildren) so that they can be read over the telephone while the young grandchild follows along. You, as a parent, can also read the book to your children, as well. Just warn the grandparents of what they are likely to be asked to do next! Seriously, many grandchildren aren't quite sure what they are supposed to do with grandparents they don't see very often. This book can really help with that, especially for clinging children who are reluctant to leave their mothers due to insecurity. Have a family where everyone enjoys each other . . . with a little encouragement from this book and from you! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2008
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