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Faraway Grandpa

Faraway Grandpa

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by Roberta Karim, Ted Rand
     
 

Dear Kathleen,

Heard a new song. We'll sing it together this summer! Oops, almost forgot. The song is called "Danny Boy." Such a fine name!

A poignant story about the changing relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter as he succumbs to Alzheimer's disease

Grandpa Danny sang bass, and Kathleen sang the high notes. That was

Overview

Dear Kathleen,

Heard a new song. We'll sing it together this summer! Oops, almost forgot. The song is called "Danny Boy." Such a fine name!

A poignant story about the changing relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter as he succumbs to Alzheimer's disease

Grandpa Danny sang bass, and Kathleen sang the high notes. That was the summer that Kathleen learned about listening with the heart and not the ears. But when it was time for her to visit with Grandpa Danny again, Gramps wasn't himself-he forgot things, and sometimes his mind seemed to be covered in clouds.

Still, even on Grandpa Danny's most shadowy of days, Kathleen knew that when she sang "Danny Boy" he was listening with his heart.

This poignant story about love and devotion will touch the hearts of readers young and old alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Rand's lovely pastels, furnishings, and clothing recall a bygone era with the warm of this intergenerational bond."—Kirkus Reviews

"In Rand's warm, pencil-and-watercolor paintings and Karim's short, unrhymed lines the quiet scenarios of hurt and humiliation and heartfelt love tell the truth."—Booklist

Children's Literature
When Grandpa starts forgetting that root beer floats need his homemade ice cream, his granddaughter sings "Danny Boy" with him to help him remember what's important. They sing and listen to the song with their hearts and not their ears. In true Irish fashion, Grandpa makes up rhymes, loves shenanigans, and plays with his granddaughter Kathleen every August when she visits. He builds her a doll house and carves two hearts and a tiny swing on the front porch. Then he moves in with his daughter, because he's forgetting too much. Karim injects levity into this emotional subject when the now close Grandpa promises not to pick Mrs. McConacky's marigolds but forgets the gist of the promise and picks Mrs. McC's petunias instead. When the shadowy days happen, Kathleen sings "Danny Boy" with Grandpa, and reminds all with or without Irish blood to listen with their hearts. Faraway Grandpa gives us a glimpse into the spirit of the Irish through Karim's rich melodic text. Although Ted Rand's illustrations are masterful, his grandpa looks closer to Saint Nick than an elderly Irish gentleman. 2004, Henry Holt & Co, Ages 4 up.
—Sue Stefurak
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In August of 1915, Kathleen and her family spend two fun-filled weeks with Grandpa Danny. They sing "Danny Boy," rock on the porch swing, drink root-beer floats, and annoy the neighbors. However, things are different when they visit in 1916; Grandpa Danny has grown forgetful, and when the summer ends he comes to live in Kathleen's house. His memory steadily declines, but the girl knows her grandfather is still in there, and that on his "shadowy" days, she can sometimes pull his head out of the clouds with music. Karim's sympathetic characters occupy a universe that seems simpler in some ways (there is no question that the family will care for Danny at home) and perhaps more frightening in others (his affliction is not identified). The story's dominant themes of distance, loneliness, and loss appear in the title, in the lyrics of Grandpa's favorite song, and most obviously when he gets lost in Kathleen's house. Still, she always helps him find his way back, however briefly. Rand's pencil, watercolor, and acrylic art depicts the period with warmth and detail.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Every summer, Kathleen and her parents hitch up the horses and visit Grandpa Danny. She receives a letter (dated 1915) telling her to be sure and bring the words to "Danny Boy" so they can sing it together. The summer is joyful and filled with singing on the front porch and homemade root beer and ice cream. But the next year, Kathleen receives no letter, and when they arrive, they find Gramps has changed. He doesn't remember the ice cream and forgets a great many things. He comes home with them and a series of incidents indicates Gramps is suffering from something like Alzheimer's: he puts eggs in his sock drawer and he forgets yesterday. But, Kathleen sings "Danny Boy" with him, pretends that they are on his front porch, and, with a loving heart, is a true companion to him. Rand's lovely pastels, furnishings, and clothing recall a bygone era with the warmth of this intergenerational bond. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805067859
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Roberta Karim grew up surrounded by the joy of music. When Alzheimer's touched those she loved, she saw the power of music and of a listening heart. She also wrote Mandy Sue Day; This Is a Hospital, Not a Zoo!; and Kindle Me a Riddle: A Pioneer Story.

Ted Rand has illustrated seventy picture books, including Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, and Mary Was a Little Lamb, by his wife, Gloria. Mr. Rand, a grandfather himself, felt a powerful connection to Faraway Grandpa.

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