The Chicken Salad Club

The Chicken Salad Club

by Marsha Diane Arnold, Julie Downing
     
 

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Nathaniel Hopkins is lucky enough to have a 100-year-old Greatpaw with a treasure trove of wonderful stories. During each visit, Greatpaw serves a feast of chicken salad sandwiches and lemonade to go with his storytelling. But when he tires of his own tales, Nathaniel must find a way to lift Greatpaw's spirits. Like Greatpaw, Marsha Diane Arnold is a natural-born

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Nathaniel Hopkins is lucky enough to have a 100-year-old Greatpaw with a treasure trove of wonderful stories. During each visit, Greatpaw serves a feast of chicken salad sandwiches and lemonade to go with his storytelling. But when he tires of his own tales, Nathaniel must find a way to lift Greatpaw's spirits. Like Greatpaw, Marsha Diane Arnold is a natural-born storyteller. Here she teams up with an award-winning artist in this perfect summertime read that shows how stories keep people connected.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Teresa Hunsaker
Nathaniel is very lucky to have a 100-year-old great grandpaw-they eat chicken salad sandwiches and drink lemonade together. But that is not the best part. Great grandpaw is a storyteller who entertains Nathaniel for hours. But he tires of telling his own stories and longs for someone else with whom he can share stories. Nathaniel and his grandpaw plan and advertise a story telling celebration, but no one comes. Finally, Nathaniel puts an ad in the newspaper and the Chicken Salad Club is born. Downings tale is a "must have" for storytellers, teachers, or anyone who loves to hear and tell a charming story. The watercolor illustrations are the icing on the cake in this delectable story.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3--Every day after school, Nathaniel and his 100-year-old great-grandfather share lemonade, chicken-salad sandwiches, and stories. Greatpaw tells wonderful tales about the old days, the Great War, and meeting Greatmaw. When the old man and the boy try to form a "Century Club" of other storytellers, they are disappointed when no one shows up. Nathaniel saves the situation by placing an ad in the paper and when 99-year-old Sadie Johannsen rings the doorbell with cookies and stories in abundance, the Chicken Salad Club is formed. The neighborhood children soon gather on the porch where "Sometimes Nathaniel and his friends tell stories of their own, but mostly they just listen." The soft, lively watercolor and colored-pencil drawings pull readers into the plot and will make their mouths water for lemonade and their spirits yearn for a good yarn. A delightful intergenerational book that promotes families, stories, and fun.--Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The story of a boy who visits his 100-year-old great-grandfather every day after school to hear his tales is imbued with elements of wishful thinking. Nathaniel looks forward to chicken salad sandwiches and lemonade in the perfectly appointed 1940s kitchen of his "Greatpaw," after which they retire to the living room for storytelling. "Tell me about the day of the storm," is one opener to the elderly man's recitations of boyish adventures and dreams, including one about meeting his wife at the church box supper: "I had to buy it, even though the biddin' went a mite high," Greatpaw says. The two advertise for other century-old storytellers by posting a notice in the library for a gathering with refreshments, and it will be hard for readers to believe that a man this old doesn't prepare himself for disappointment when nobody shows. Nathaniel places an ad in the "Confidentials," which draws an elderly storyteller named Sadie. Despite the illustrations full of warm and cozy details, this nostalgic, personal book is so unlikely—more of a prescription for youngsters than a description of their real lives—that it may fail to find an audience. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803719156
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.86(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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