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Going to Grandpa's
     

Going to Grandpa's

by Hiawyn Oram, FREDERIC JOOS (Illustrator)
 
Big Bear and Little Bear are on their way to Grandpa's. But it's a long train ride, and coloring pictures, eating sandwiches, and reading stories don't seem to help speed up the trip. And then Little Bear has an excellent idea to get them there faster: she runs up and down the aisle of the train. In no time, it's pulling into the station! Hiawyn Oram's simple,

Overview

Big Bear and Little Bear are on their way to Grandpa's. But it's a long train ride, and coloring pictures, eating sandwiches, and reading stories don't seem to help speed up the trip. And then Little Bear has an excellent idea to get them there faster: she runs up and down the aisle of the train. In no time, it's pulling into the station! Hiawyn Oram's simple, lighthearted text and Fr�acuted�acuteric Joos's expressive illustrations capture the warmth of the parent-child relationship with maximum charm. This funny picture book will delight any traveler-young or old-who has ever asked, "Are we there yet?"

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School Library Journal
PreS-K-Little Bear and her androgynous travel companion, Big Bear, board the train for a long trip to Grandpa's. In typical child fashion, Little Bear soon wants to know when they will get there. Big Bear uses the distractions of eating, drawing, and story reading before leaving her to her own devices. The choice to run back and forth through the train bumping into people and encouraging another youngster to join in the frolic may be acceptable in England, where the book was originally published, but Amtrak personnel are less likely to smile indulgently and say "Whoops" if run down by pint-sized passengers. Color illustrations of the animal characters support the mundane text but do nothing to elevate it. Fans of Kiss It Better (Dutton, 2000) may want to revisit these two bears, but other readers can wait until Little Bear's youthful exuberance finds a better channel.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A curious but effective blend of gentleness and energy give this book from the team that created Kiss It Better (not reviewed) the fillip it needs to catch and hold the attention of the very young. Big Bear and Little Bear are taking a train ride to Grandpa's house. It doesn't take long before the antsy Little Bear wants to know how long it's going to take to get there. To stave off getting hit with the same question again and again and again, Big Bear makes Little Bear some lunch, then pulls out some crayons and coloring books, then reads her a story. Trouble is that when the trip is only half over, Big Bear's bag of tricks is empty. Self-amusement is never a problem, though, when you can run around, so Little Bear makes speedy tracks up and down the aisle, gathering a little disapproval here and an element of surprise there, but mostly the smiles of the other passengers. Soon other young critters are joining in and time flies. Fortunately, in this instance, the train is filled with parents and children, so the failure of Big Bear to reign in the little speed demon is overlooked. A mellow tempo infuses what otherwise would be a nerve-fraying piece of travel madness, all warmly abetted by Joos's watercolors. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525467014
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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