From the Publisher
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2008, with a star for Outstanding Merit
An Accelerated Reader title
"A warm interchange of family history." —Children's Literature
"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
"A strongly touching book for adults and a warm hug for young children." —MyShelf.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." —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
"Large, color illustrations with lots of details and short meaningful text make this is a very nice book to share with young children . . . . What a good idea--wrinkles come from smiles, not frowns . . . . Recommended." —Beverly Combs, Library Media Connection
“Stresses the importance of family and friendship over material possessions." —Learning magazine
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 stylein 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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.