Grandpa Has a Great Big Face

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Grandpa's face is very big, and so are his tummy, and his feet, and his smile. But according to his plucky grandson, the biggest part about grandpa is his heart.

Warren Hanson's heartfelt story of the bond between grandfather and grandson, warmly illustrated by Mark Elliott, shows just how much grandchildren love their great big grandpas.

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Overview

Grandpa's face is very big, and so are his tummy, and his feet, and his smile. But according to his plucky grandson, the biggest part about grandpa is his heart.

Warren Hanson's heartfelt story of the bond between grandfather and grandson, warmly illustrated by Mark Elliott, shows just how much grandchildren love their great big grandpas.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The telescope of perspective is focused on a young boy's relationship with his adored (and adoring) grandpa. When revisiting childhood haunts, one is often surprised by how "small" things seem in comparison with one's memory. In this gentle, lovingly illustrated look at all of the things that seem to be so big to the boy, we also see the comparison of various parts of both of these endearing characters. As the boy notes the large size of his grandfather's head, nose, mouth, etc.; the illustrator gives us visual depictions of just how large his nose is: "… he says that he can smell the moon." The image is of grandpa with his nose hooked over the edge of the moon while he looks at a lunar vehicle and some little green creatures. For the mouth image we see Grandpa's smiling face as he presses his cheek close to his grandson's happy little cheek, also creased with a broad smile. Some of the images are extremely imaginative: "Looking into Grandpa's mouth is like looking into a dark cave full of pirate treasure." All those dental fillings are reflected in a picture of a treasure chest overflowing with silver and gold (as well as a pirate's hat and skull!). Grandpa's snores from a hammock are oh, so loud…but Grandpa cannot hear them—even if he has large ears! Concluding with a great big heart, which the little boy listens to with a stethoscope, we are told that the big heart is "what he loves me with." The last page tells us of his love for his "great big grandpa." The spare text provides just enough information to spark some interesting discussions. Teachers will love the body imagery and children will enjoy thinking about how their size relates to others as well as the world around them.(FYI: In humans, the nose and ears continue to grow after adulthood has been reached—the other facial features remain the same size.) 2006, Laura Geringer Book/HarperCollins, and Ages 3 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A boy compares his own size to his Grandpa's, from facial features and extremities to the tummy and finally the heart. Two pages are devoted to each comparison. The first holds a statement of fact in a format that's repeated throughout the book as in: "Grandpa's mouth is really wide. Lots wider than mine." Or, "Grandpa's hands are really big. Lots bigger than mine." The illustrator then shows these features side by side. On the next page, the boy's imagination takes over and readers are given a more exaggerated view of Grandpa's stature. "His nose is so big-he can smell the moon." Or, "Each foot is big enough to be a bridge over a deep, wide river." Here, too, the artist breaks out of the realm of the everyday to support this expanded vision. The art is well executed and immediate. Elliot keeps a tight focus on each static image and has fun with the concept of relative size. For example, readers see Grandpa's huge hands looming large in the foreground while holding the entire city of Paris. While at times this book expands into the realm of tall tale, it remains simply an exploration of a grandchild's love for his "great big Grandpa."-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641899638
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Hanson has been writing and illustrating children's books for the last twenty years. He's the author and illustrator of The Next Place and the illustrator of the Peef books and A Cup of Christmas Tea. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Patty.

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