Albert's Gift for Grandmother
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Albert's Gift for Grandmother

by Doug Cushman
     
 
A wry and tender tale about an eager young turtle who learns that the dearest gifts are those you keep close to your heart

The Turtle Family can hardly wait for Grandmother to arrive and celebrate her birthday, and little Albert is the most excited of all. "Come outside with me, Grandmother," he begs after she's sunk into the easy chair. "I

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A wry and tender tale about an eager young turtle who learns that the dearest gifts are those you keep close to your heart

The Turtle Family can hardly wait for Grandmother to arrive and celebrate her birthday, and little Albert is the most excited of all. "Come outside with me, Grandmother," he begs after she's sunk into the easy chair. "I'll teach you how to play marbles!" Albert is crushed when his big sister tells him that it's too cold to go outside and that he should have gotten Grandmother a present to take home, like the pink beaded bracelet she made. Is there anything Albert can give Grandmother to keep her warm — and remind her of him?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Grandmother Turtle is visiting Albert's family to celebrate her birthday. As each of the family members presents her with homemade presents, Albert wishes that he could show skateboard tricks like his brother, or make a beaded bracelet like his sister, or bake a cake like his mother, or build a foot stool like his father. Even his efforts to make a cup of dandelion tea are thwarted by his mother who says she will make tea for everyone to have with the cake. Too bad she did not notice his desire to give something of himself to his grandmother: "get down before you fall and break your shell" is meant as a safety precaution but comes across as a "you cannot do it" statement. Poor Albert feels very sad as he watches the rest of the family with grandmother. He is so sad that he really wants his blankie (and to suck his thumb) but knows that he will be teased by his siblings and that his parents will say that he is too big to hold onto a blankie. This thought process prompts him to part with his precious blankie as a "special" present for his grandmother who has said several times that she is cold. This sacrifice satisfies him and he reassures his grandmother: "I don't need it anymore because I'm a big turtle now and I go to kindergarten." Grandmother thanks him profusely, "What a thoughtful, generous gift." This will serve well for those parents and child care givers who are encouraging "graduating" from the need for a blankie. I, myself, am not sure at what age this is really necessary, but recognize that public thumb sucking and blankets are sources of ridicule for children. Cheerfully illustrated by Cushman, this book will give children excellent role models for gift giving--homemadegifts or those truly from the heart are often the very best.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-The protagonist of Albert's Impossible Toothache (Candlewick, 2003) has a new problem-what to give Grandmother for her birthday. Cushman's expressive cartoon illustrations show the young turtle's enthusiasm and frustration as he keeps trying to find not only the right gift, but also to stay out of the way of the rest of the family members as they prepare for the celebration. This lovely intergenerational story shows Albert's thoughtful process as he finally decides on the perfect present.-Sherry Quinones, Frederick County Public Libraries, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763620974
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/08/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.08(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Williams is the renowned author of numerous books for children, including ALBERT'S IMPOSSIBLE TOOTHACHE, which was originally published in 1974. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Doug Cushman is the illustrator of several children's books, including ALBERT'S IMPOSSIBLE TOOTHACHE and the best-selling WHAT DADS CAN'T DO, by Douglas Wood. He lives in Redding, California.

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