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The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's

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"A familiar story of differing viewpoints between mother and child is presented in charmingly simple cumulative verse and rebuses. A young boy is packing for a trip to visit his grandmother. He fills a shopping bag with his mitt, cars, space ship, wooden animals, his favorite stuffed rabbit, his pillow, a book a flashlight. But then along comes mom with ideas of her own!....This is a real winner....Great fun."—School Library Journal.

In cumulative verses and rebuses a young boy and his mother have ...

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Overview

"A familiar story of differing viewpoints between mother and child is presented in charmingly simple cumulative verse and rebuses. A young boy is packing for a trip to visit his grandmother. He fills a shopping bag with his mitt, cars, space ship, wooden animals, his favorite stuffed rabbit, his pillow, a book a flashlight. But then along comes mom with ideas of her own!....This is a real winner....Great fun."—School Library Journal.

In cumulative verses and rebuses a young boy and his mother have different views on how to pack a bag for a trip to Grandma's.

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Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's uses pictures and repetitive phrases to describe how a young boy packs a bag to visit his grandmother. This situation is one that young children can relate to. It vividly points out the difference between a parent's view of what is necessary and a child's view. The watercolor illustrations are a delight. The rebuses will increase the fun for beginning readers.
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PreS-Gr 1A familiar story of differing viewpoints between mother and child is presented in charmingly simple cumulative verse and rebuses. A young boy is packing for a trip to visit his grandmother. He fills a shopping bag with his mitt, cars, space ship, wooden animals, his favorite stuffed rabbit, his pillow, a book, a flashlight. But then along comes mom with ideas of her own! Each object that he decides to take is introduced with a full-page illustration done in watercolor and colored pencil. Then, as it is added to the items ``that I'll pack in the bag I'm taking to Grandma's,'' the book takes a rebus format, so beginning readers will soon be able to ``tell'' the story as it goes along. Children will identify with the boy, as parents will relate to the mother. This is a real winner that will be great fun for story times, as well as for one-on-one sharing.Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA
Hazel Rochman
The clear, deceptively bland pictures add a witty reversal to a simple cumulative rhyme. Full-page illustrations in line, watercolor, and colored pencil show a boy in jeans and baseball cap packing a bag to take to Grandma's. One by one, he puts in his baseball mitt, all his cars, his space shuttle, animals, cuddly bunny, pillow, book, and flashlight. His bossy mother tells him that the bursting bag's much too heavy, that he doesn't need all that stuff, and she empties it out, with a comment on each object. But he beats her at her own game. The story's told in rebus style, with occasional small pictures in the text, so kids can read along and say the words. They'll enjoy seeing how the boy gets his way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688129613
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: IFAC Symposia Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

In Her Own Words...

"My earliest memories are of my mother reading aloud. A lot of characters from books were real to me, as our family ritual included bedtime stories for me and chapters from longer books for the older children.

"I wanted to read for myself, so I often lay on the kitchen floor while my mother worked and I 'read' to her from memory. Soon I realized I could tell the story more exactly if I looked carefully at the words on the page. Spelling aloud the words I couldn't figure out, I worked my way through enough stories to satisfy me until our nightly reading session.

"I was eager to start kindergarten, and the day finally came when I walked the mile from our small farm in the western part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula to a one-room school. I watched eagerly as the teacher gave each child a stack of books. When she gave me only one, I was disappointed, but I turned it sideways and read the parts that said 'To the Teacher.' Then I carefully followed the directions. When my teacher said she wanted to talk to my mother, I thought I was in trouble, but it turned out she thought I should work with the first graders. That made me happy because they each had more than one book.

"My love of reading continued. In sixth grade I went to the 'big' school in town. The school had a room with one whole wall filled with books. Immediately, I decided to read every book in that library. A story I wrote was chosen for our school newspaper. I enjoyed people telling me they liked 'My Life as a Pencil.'

"In high school I won some essay contests, so I thought of a career in journalism. But I became a teacher instead so I could continue reading wonderful books for children. I encouraged my students to write, and sometimes I shared my writing with them.

"While planning one assignment for my students, I played with the pattern of the nursery rhyme 'The House That Jack Built.' My students laughed in the right places, and friends encouraged me to send my rhyme to an editor. It took a lot of courage to do that, but I sent it to Greenwillow. The editor-in-chief, Susan Hirschman, liked my rhyme, and chose Nancy Winslow Parker to illustrate it. Nancy drew little pictures to replace some of the words. The result was The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, the first in our series of rhyme-and-rebus books.

"Usually I start with a topic and decide how the story should end. Then I write little snippets of rhyme and, like putting a puzzle together, figure out how each part connects to another. Before I finish, the story changes many times.

"Sometimes when I read my books to children, one of them says, 'Read it again.' I think that's the best reward a writer can have."

Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    clever

    This is a very clever and cute book that is good interactive reading for toddlers & adults. My grandson seems to like it.

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