Grandpa and Bo

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Bo was spending the summer with Grandpa. they walked and fished and made thing together. They celebrated Christmas together — a very special summer Christmas. But best of all, they talked and laughed and talked some more. And when they finally saw the shooting star at the end of the summer, there was no question the their wishes would be the same.

Young Bo spends the summer with his grandfather in the country and has a wonderful ...

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Overview

Bo was spending the summer with Grandpa. they walked and fished and made thing together. They celebrated Christmas together — a very special summer Christmas. But best of all, they talked and laughed and talked some more. And when they finally saw the shooting star at the end of the summer, there was no question the their wishes would be the same.

Young Bo spends the summer with his grandfather in the country and has a wonderful time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Playing catch, exploring nature and re-creating a Christmas spent apart are just a few of the ways a boy and his grandfather enjoy their summer together in Grandpa & Bo (1986) by Kevin Henkes. Cream-colored pages and framed pencil drawings suggest the intimacy the pair shares. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Bo is visiting his grandfather and together they share an idyllic summer. Their joy comes from simple pleasures in which the activity is secondary to the enjoyment of each other's company. Walking in the rain, fishing on the riverbank, observing the night sky, tossing a ball in the yard, and making things together are better when shared. Grandpa and Bo even celebrate a "summer Christmas." Simple prose, quietly delivered, evokes a range of emotion. Soft, neatly framed pencil sketches are reminiscent of a family album filled with sepia-toned photos of happy times. Comforting and reassuring this, is a perfect inter-generational story. 2002 (orig. 1986), Greenwillow,
— Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Due to family logistics, Bo and Grandpa see each other only at every other Christmas and during the summer, which they spend on Grandpa's farm in the country. They take walks, go fishing, observe life, and have special places where they sit and talk. Grandpa answers all of Bo's questions and gives every bit of life a personalized name: ``That's a praying mantis. . .but we can call him Ralph.'' When Bo realizes that they will be separated at this coming Christmas, the two celebrate a summer Christmas. Warmly and gently told, Grandpa and Bo is balanced by equally soft full-paged pencil drawings with yellow backgrounds throughout. Henkes' story builds slowly yet lovingly, paralleling perfectly the events of a very special summer for a young boy and his grandfather. Laura Bacher, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066238371
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 632,995
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.55 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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    1. Hometown:
      Madison, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 27, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Racine, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
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