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Grandpa Blows His Penny Whistle until the Angels Sing

Grandpa Blows His Penny Whistle until the Angels Sing

by Susan L Roth, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature
As a kid, I loved listening to the grown-ups' stories at reunions and only later realized some were pretty tall tales indeed. Your kids may be inspired to tell or write their own family story after reading Grandpa Blows His Penny Whistle Until the Angels Sing. Little Boy James is "adorable but incorrigible" and refuses to put on his pinchy shoes and go to church one bright Sunday. Making mischief, he suffers a bad fall—and receives a visit from angels, which changes his whole family. Susan Roth's storytelling voice is charming and her collages are chockful of intriguing materials from her country setting—pressed flowers and leaves, fragile angel-wing netting, and even portions of a chenille bedspread. 2001, Barefoot Books, $16.99. Ages 4 to 10. Reviewer:Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Rambunctious Little Boy James refuses to attend morning church service and instead carouses around in the yard, insisting that if Grandpa doesn't have to go then he shouldn't either. He climbs to the roof and gets so carried away with his own sermon that he slips and falls to the ground. When the doctor arrives, Grandpa heads off to church with Little Boy's sister, the narrator. Grandpa proceeds to play his penny whistle so soulfully that angels begin singing to his heartrending tune. Grandpa, like the pied piper, leads the angels home where Little Boy sits up and declares, "When Grandpa blows his penny whistle-I can hear the angels sing." Roth's straightforward words and collage images form an exquisite partnership that opens the door to this farm family's heart. Everything from the colloquial dialogue to the gingham dress speaks about the family's no-nonsense lifestyle; nonetheless, the relatives still appreciate humor. The artwork is unique and often stunning. Strong vertical lines are carried from page to page, perhaps suggesting the path to and from heaven. Faith, family, and love are presented in such depth that older children will want to discuss and debate what really happens in the story.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Barefoot Books
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Product dimensions:
11.68(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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