Grandpa Abe

Grandpa Abe

by Marisabina Russo
     
 

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Grandpa Abe enters Sarah's life as her grandmother's boyfriend, becomes her grandfather by marriage, and enriches her life before leaving it.

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Grandpa Abe enters Sarah's life as her grandmother's boyfriend, becomes her grandfather by marriage, and enriches her life before leaving it.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book is a treasure. Sarah's grandma marries Abe, and Sarah has a new grandpa. He does a lot with Sarah, from eating spaghetti with sauce that gets all over their shirts to doing magic tricks and drawing wonderful pictures that Sarah hangs next to her bed. Sarah's family is devastated when Grandpa Abe dies. Russo describes the funeral ceremony (Sarah doesn't go to the cemetery) and shiva, the Jewish custom of remaining in the house for a week after a death. She allows the grandmother a sleepless few nights and many tears, and finally Grandma and Sarah begin to accept Abe's death. This is a wonderful book about love and loss.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A sensitive, caring story of a young girl's relationship with her grandfather, and of how her family deals with his death. Sarah's happy memories of Grandpa Abe comprise most of the book. She remembers all the good times they shared at birthdays, grandparents' day at school, and just being together. There is a special memory presented for each year of her life, and each page of text has a decorative border relating specifically to it. When Sarah is nine, Grandpa Abe dies, and it is a shock to everyone. One illustration shows the family at the funeral, sitting before a closed casket topped with flowers. After the funeral, Sarah asks Grandma for one of his sweaters to remember him by. The full-page gouache paintings are done in a realistic style and simply and effectively portray the child's emotions and her love for her grandfather. Although somewhat reminiscent of Aliki's The Two of Them (Greenwillow, 1979), this book offers a less flowery view of death. A nice addition to a parents' collections or a teacher's "special needs" shelf.Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688140984
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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