Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grand and Great: Grandparents and Grandchildren Share Their Stories of Love and Wisdom [NOOK Book]


Grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grand and Great with its 101 stories written by grandparents about their grandchildren and by grateful grandchildren about their grandparents.

A parent becomes a new person the day the first grandchild is born. Formerly serious adults become grandparents who dote on their grandchildren and find new delight in life. This new book includes the best stories on being a ...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grand and Great: Grandparents and Grandchildren Share Their Stories of Love and Wisdom

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Grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grand and Great with its 101 stories written by grandparents about their grandchildren and by grateful grandchildren about their grandparents.

A parent becomes a new person the day the first grandchild is born. Formerly serious adults become grandparents who dote on their grandchildren and find new delight in life. This new book includes the best stories on being a grandparent from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s library. Everyone can understand the special ties between grandparents and grandchildren -- the unlimited love, the mutual admiration and unqualified acceptance. Printed in a larger font.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611591705
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 458,296
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

A Special Foreword Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen xi
1 Becoming a Grandparent
1 A Grandmother Is Born Sally Friedman 1
2 Thoughts on Being a Grandmother Donna M. Hoffman 4
3 By Any Other Name Carol McAdoo Rehme 7
4 She'll Call Me "Ma" Jackie Davis 9
5 Someone's Grandmother Valerie A. Horner 13
6 The Bathroom Mirror Wanda Mitchell 17
7 She Looks Just Like Margaret Lang 20
8 Good News, Bad News Linda Osmundson 23
2 From the Mouths of Babes
9 Amazon Woman Becomes a Princess Adeline C. Erwin 31
10 Missing Pa Ann Hood 34
11 Twenty-Nine and Holding Nancy B. Gibbs 38
12 Pennies from Heaven Emily Erickson 40
13 Everybody Knows Everybody Lea MacDonald 43
14 Papa's Gift to Kelsey Sonja Walder 50
15 Raising My Sights Terri McPherson 52
3 Family Ties
16 Reflections of Hope Yulene A. Rushton 57
17 Grandma's Necklace Carol Spahr 59
18 Gift from Another Grandmother Doris Hays Northstrom 62
19 The Rocker Kendeyl Johansen 65
20 The Folks Next Door Karen McQuestion 67
21 I Love You Double Nancy Vogl 70
22 Grandpa's Gift Nicolle Woodward 73
4 No Obstacle for a Grandparent
23 Growing Old Disgracefully Emily Coleman 79
24 Grandma's Cake Norma Favor 84
25 Lisa Christina Miranda-Walker 87
26 Granny's Last Cartwheel Nancy Harless 92
27 Forgiveness Tastes Sweet Elaine Freeland Galaktionova 96
28 For My Grandson Floyd Wickman Terri Sjodin 100
5 Legacies through the Generations
29 The Silver Sugar Bowl Karen Carr 105
30 The Seed Jar Dee Berry 108
31 A Journey on Cane River Lalita Tademy 112
32 A Tradition in the Waiting Lorraine Cheeka 118
33 Your Legacy Tony D'Angelo 121
34 Grandma's PearlsCatherine Adams 123
35 Grandma's Surprise Party Stephanie "Stacy" Thompson 126
6 Love Across the Generations
36 A Dance with My Grandmother Rusty Fischer 135
37 A Grandpa's Love Scot Thurman 138
38 Love Bugs Darlene Lawson 141
39 The Heart Remembers Tina Whittle 145
40 Divine Order Nancy Vogl 149
41 Grandma Fujikawa Linda Tagawa 153
42 Timeless Generosity Patti Lawson 157
43 Gran Mary Ann Horenstein 161
44 Oh What a Day! Lynne Zielinski 163
45 Love on the Edge of the Grand Canyon Jane Winslow Eliot 166
7 Sharing Wisdom
46 A Canadian's Story Pat Fowler 173
47 Change of Heart Muriel J. Bussman 178
48 Grandma's Words Laura Mueller 182
49 Trying Times and Dirty Dishes Cynthia Hamond 185
50 Confidence Jody Walters 189
51 A Hug and a Kiss Mack Emmert told to Tom Lagana 192
52 Nona's Garden Paula L. Silici 195
53 Grandma Lois Patricia S. Mays 199
54 A Change of Seasons Diane White 201
55 One Finger Linda Osmundson 204
56 Buddies Maggie Stuckey 207
57 Same Agenda Patricia Pinney 209
58 Walking with Grandpa Uncle Greg 212
8 What a Child Can Teach Us
59 Just As I Imagined It Norma Gorst 219
60 How Do You Talk to God? Rabbi Scott Aaron 222
61 Green Power Peg Fugal 227
62 The Last Puppy Roger Dean Kiser 231
63 Sacred Cows Ina Hughs 235
64 The Fishing Lesson Raymond Morehead 238
65 Hershey's Dark Chocolate Roger Dean Kiser 242
9 Special Connections
66 Orange Cheeks Jay O'Callahan 247
67 The Shawl Laurie Mintz 254
68 Abuela's Magic Michele Capriotti 257
69 Thoughts from a Three-Year-Old Barbara Cornish 260
70 Food for Thought Carol McAdoo Rehme 262
71 We'll Never Divorce You Hanoch McCarty Meladee McCarty 264
10 There Is No Place I'd Rather Be
72 Grandma's Soup Night Joan Cinelli 271
73 Digging in the Dirt Linda Apple 274
74 What's a Grandma to Do? Patricia Lorenz 276
75 A Day at Grandmom's House Harriet May Savitz 280
76 Why Not? Christina Coruth 283
77 A Coke and a Smile Jacqueline M. Hickey 287
11 Gifts and Gratitude
78 Piano Music Daneen Kaufman Wedekind 295
79 Help for the Helper Marlena Thompson 298
80 Monday Night Tea Delores Christian Liesner 302
81 The Dress Lee Hargus Hunter 306
82 Gifts of the Heart Renie Burghardt 309
83 Gramma Jan Jan Coleman 312
84 Ripples in the Pond Tyrone Dawkins 316
85 The Grandma Video June Cerza Kolf 320
86 An Unexpected Moment Sara Henderson 323
87 Grammy's Gifts Sheryl Berk 326
88 That Sunday Afternoon Gregory Fouts 330
89 A Gift from Nana Terri Murcia 334
90 A Treasured Gift Kimm Swenson Gollnick 336
12 Treasured Moments
91 Grandma's Catfish Ken McKowen 343
92 A Sister's Visit Paula Mauqiri Tindall 347
93 Porch Swing Cocktails Rusty Fischer 350
94 Through the Windowpane Connie Spittler 354
95 The Holly Trees Melody Carlson 357
96 Pudgy Joyce Laird 360
97 The Locket Tal Aviezer Jason Cocovinis 363
98 Pumpkin Magic Kati Dougherty-Carthum 367
99 The Burning of the Leaves Edie Cuttler 369
100 The Marriage License Meladee McCarty 373
101 Grandma-Great Natalie Costanza-Chavez 377 More Chicken Soup 380 Who Is Jack Canfield? 391 Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 393 Who Is Amy Newmark? 395 Acknowledgments 397
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