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Grandfather's Wrinkles

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Lucy and her grandfather are the focus of this poignant and warm story that teaches that wrinkles are badges of happiness rather than signs of age. Lucy asks Granddad, “Why doesn't your skin fit you? It’s all crinkly,” to which he replies, “Those crinkles are called wrinkles,” each of which he got when he smiled especially big. As Lucy traces Granddad’s joy-filled face, he describes his memories and shares the cause of each line—his wedding day, Lucy’s mother’s birth, precious moments from her childhood, and ...

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Overview

Lucy and her grandfather are the focus of this poignant and warm story that teaches that wrinkles are badges of happiness rather than signs of age. Lucy asks Granddad, “Why doesn't your skin fit you? It’s all crinkly,” to which he replies, “Those crinkles are called wrinkles,” each of which he got when he smiled especially big. As Lucy traces Granddad’s joy-filled face, he describes his memories and shares the cause of each line—his wedding day, Lucy’s mother’s birth, precious moments from her childhood, and Lucy’s birth, among others. Beautiful drawings recreate each thoughtful memory, and the recollections showcase an intimate bond between the two generations.

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2008, with a star for Outstanding Merit

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2008, with a star for Outstanding Merit

An Accelerated Reader title

"I love this one. . . . the illustrations are beautiful. It’s like Norman Rockwell stuff . . . an adorable book because it puts aging in the context of fabulous memories . . . so the question is: if it said 'Grandmother’s Wrinkles,' would I be as enthusiastic? Yes."  —Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Laura Live Radio Show

"In this heartwarming dialogue between Granddad and his granddaughter Lucy, the lost art of storytelling emerges as the vehicle whereby the elder recounts the happy events behind his every wrinkle."  —AcademicPlanet.com

"Children will be delighted to use Lucy's method to learn more about their own grandparents' memories."  —Georgia Family magazine

"Travel through decades of love and family memories with Lucy and her grandfather. With illustrations that resemble photographs, readers will stare at the shadowing and technique with amazement. Watch how fashion, automobiles and hairstyles change while the theme of life’s most poignant family memories resonates in the story."  —Atlanta Parent Magazine, which selected this book as one of their 50 Must-Read Books of 2007

“Stresses the importance of family and friendship over material possessions."  —Learning magazine

Academic Planet.com
In this heartwarming dialogue between Granddad and his granddaughter Lucy, the lost art of storytelling emerges as the vehicle whereby the elder recounts the happy events behind his every wrinkle.
Library Media Connection
A very nice book to share with young children. . . . What a good idea-wrinkles come from smiles, not frowns. Recommended.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
In her first picture book, Kathryn England has created a warm interchange of family history between a grandfather and his young granddaughter. When Lucy asks about all the "crinkles" in Granddad's face, he responds by tracking each of his many wrinkles to a happy past event. He begins with the memory of his own marriage, goes on to stories about Lucy's mamma as a little girl, and ends with the culminating joy of Lucy's own arrival in the family. The faces in McFarland's illustration are created in his trademark photo-realist style—in fact, it looks as if he might have used pictures of himself from the family album to depict Granddad. After reading this book in the class, a kindergarten or primary class might be offered an assignment to go home and ask about the weddings and births that brought joy to each child's own family. Families could be invited to make up a poster, using their own photos as illustrations.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- When Lucy asks her grandfather why he has "crinkles" on his face, he explains, "Whenever I smiled an especially big smile, I got a wrinkle to show for it." As the girl points to each crease, Granddad recounts the occasion that caused it: the day he married Grandma, the day Lucy's mom was born, memories from her childhood, Lucy's parents' wedding, and Lucy's birth. Done in colored pencil, watercolor, and pastel, McFarland's rich, realistic illustrations convey the loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild. The wordless spreads flashing back to Granddad's special memories are particularly moving, skillfully depicting the passing of time and showing how he has aged since his wedding. Children will enjoy sharing this lovely picture book with grandparents, who are likely to be inspired to recount the memories that created their own wrinkles.-Rachel Kamin, Des Plaines Public Library, IL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972922593
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,389,896
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn England is the author of Archie Cupid and Lizzie Imp, NewBjorn, Reborn, Saving Arthur, and many short stories. Richard McFarland is a painter and a printer. He lives in Huntley, Illinois.

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    Every Wrinkle Holds A Treasured Memory

    In this heartwarming dialogue between Granddad and his granddaughter Lucy, the lost art of storytelling emerges as the vehicle whereby the
    elder recounts the happy events behind his every "crinkle." This inter-generational story puts a positive spin on the aging process, sending the message that it's important to appreciate, reflect upon, and enjoy one's journey through life. Its beautiful scrapbook-style illustrations by Richard McFarland enhance and enrich the tale, bringing to life the joyous occasions that the mentor reminisces about with his curious little prodigy. At a time when communicating by laptop is all but replacing sitting and visiting atop a lap, this read-aloud offers a refreshingly creative way to trip down Memory Lane. I found myself yearning for more lap-time with my own grandparents. Do yourself a favor: find a lap, connect with someone special, share this book, and get ready to pass along a few wrinkles of your own.

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