Grandparent Poems

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Grandparents may tell stories, knit, garden, bake, or even yodel, and in doing so they act as teachers and role models for their grandchildren. Grandmothers and grandfathers bridge the generations, linking the past with the future; and they form a close, loving bond with their grandchildren that endures beyond life itself. In this companion book to Mommy Poems and Daddy Poems, poet and anthologist John Micklos has collected twenty-two poems that depict the fun, generosity, and companionship that grandparents ...
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Grandparents may tell stories, knit, garden, bake, or even yodel, and in doing so they act as teachers and role models for their grandchildren. Grandmothers and grandfathers bridge the generations, linking the past with the future; and they form a close, loving bond with their grandchildren that endures beyond life itself. In this companion book to Mommy Poems and Daddy Poems, poet and anthologist John Micklos has collected twenty-two poems that depict the fun, generosity, and companionship that grandparents provide. Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jeff Moss, Jane Medina, Nikki Grimes, and Mr. Micklos himself honor the love and strength that grandparents bring to their families.
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Publishers Weekly
Grandparent Poems, edited by John Micklos Jr., illus. by Layne Johnson, celebrates intergenerational love. In the third such compilation (Daddy Poems; Mommy Poems), the poems portray treasured moments with grandma or grandpa and recall fond memories or the feelings of loss for grandparents no longer present. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lucky is the child who has loving and caring grandparents. I am happy to say that I was certainly one. My grandparents were the ones who always had time to spend with me and they seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and what I did. They were also a source of much information and many skills, such as cooking, knitting, sewing, and playing card games. They talked about things my parents did when they were my age and they were generally there when I needed to talk to adult. This collection of poems celebrates those wonderful grandparents. In a nod to modern lifestyles, there is even a new step-grandmother (a remarriage) which in this case seems to have been quite positive. The picture of her holding a fragrant blossom shows a sweet gentleness which is a real contrast to the inset on the opposing page with grandpa racing off in a red sports car. Some granddaddies serve as daddies (more than five million grandparents are raising grandchildren) and some grandparents kids will never know because they are no longer alive, but they are remembered with love. A heartwarming collection by many well know poets such as Nikki Grimes, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Grace Nichols, Jeff Moss and Lee Bennett Hopkins and one that every grandparent will probably want to share with his or her favorite grandchild. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 up.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A companion to Mommy Poems (2001) and Daddy Poems (2000), this appealing book is similar in scope to Carol and Daniel Hittleman's A Grand Celebration: Grandparents in Poetry (2002, all Boyds Mills). It features 22 selections by contemporary writers such as Nikki Grimes, Francisco X. Alarc-n, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Many of the poems have been previously published. Relating cherished memories and describing shared activities, they evoke the special bond between the generations. Lee Bennett Hopkins's poignant "Still" is one of several that pays tribute to grandparents no longer living. In the open layout, colorful full-page illustrations alternate with smaller paintings. The realistic artwork shows families from many different backgrounds and complements the warmth and love expressed in the verses.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563979002
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


John Micklos Jr. is the editor in chief of Reading Today, the membership newspaper of the International Reading Association, and past president of the Association of Educational Publishers. His previous books include Daddy Poems and Mommy Poems. He lives in Newark, Delaware.

Layne Johnson has illustrated a number of books for young readers, including Ben, King of the River by David Gifaldi, Brian's Bird by Patricia A. Davis, and Where Horse's Run Free by Joy Cowley. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    Nice compilation of poems about grandparents

    Grandparent Poems compiled by John Micklos, Jr. is a worthwhile addition to any library collection. Consider it an essential purchase for Grandparent's Day celebrated in September. Those first and second grade teachers planning a unit on families will be delighted to find it on your shelves. The poems are guaranteed to spark an animated discussion among children eager to describe their own grandparent(s). Children will be sure to share their special names for grandparents. While some of these poems may appear in other anthologies, this is still a recommended purchase for both school and public libraries. There is a table of contents, an index of titles and first lines, and short biographical information about the poets, including Micklos, who contributed five poems. Johnson's illustrations are excellent and depict a variety of families. Don't pass on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Good All-Around Title, But Not a Must Buy

    This is a collection of poems representing seventeen poets. Softly colored, realistic illustrations by Layne Johnson enhance the varied themes of the many poems about grandmothers and grandfathers. Some deal with a child¹s descriptions of his/her grandparent and some are shared memories of grandparents who have passed or were never known personally. These poems could be used as examples in a study of poetry or shared at a grandparents¹ day program. Its construction follows the traditional format, with an index of first lines and a short review of each contributing poet. The book itself seems to be more appropriate in a personal collection rather than a school.

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