Grandparents!

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This picture book takes a humorous approach to grandparents, presenting their assets, drawbacks, various names, and appearances. Several cartoon drawing on each page feature various sets of children interacting with their relatives in warm scences of sharing.

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Overview

This picture book takes a humorous approach to grandparents, presenting their assets, drawbacks, various names, and appearances. Several cartoon drawing on each page feature various sets of children interacting with their relatives in warm scences of sharing.

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Publishers Weekly
Each spread of Grandparents! by Roser Capdevila, illus. by Anne-Laure Fournier le Ray, begins with a line of text in blue type-"All Grandparents have their own names"-followed by smaller scenes arranged on a white background. "Some have well-known, popular names" accompanies framed color photos of "Grandma" and "Grandpa"; "Some have formal names" shows b&w cameo portraits of "Grandmother" and "Grandfather." Le Ray's drawings, reminiscent of Paul Meisel's work, display the diversity of grandparents and the affection shared among family members. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This cheerful book highlights a special group of people whom many children find dear—grandparents. Accompanied by charming, cartoon-like illustrations, it explores the endless ways that grandparents differ from each other—looks, age, temperament, what their grandchildren call them, where they live, what activities they pursue with their grandkids, and more. Unfortunately, it belabors the point. The book lacks a good sense of flow and repeats ideas occasionally. The placement of text and illustrations makes for some reading confusion. In addition, some illustrations do not match the text. For example, one grandparent compliments his grandson on a boat the child has made, only the child appears to be talking. On another page, the text suggests that some grandparents "invite us out," but the illustration shows a little boy speaking to two little girls. Perhaps most worrisome are occasional questionable references to behavior. For example, one page notes, "Grandparents often do things to help us." An accompanying illustration shows a family playing cards wherein a father exclaims, "Children! No cheating!" The grandfather says, "I didn't see anything." This book leaves one with the impression that the topic could be covered more responsibly. The book was originally published in France; the translator is unknown. 2003 (orig. 2001), Kane-Miller Book Publishers,
— Robbin Gould
School Library Journal
PerS-K-This picture book takes a gently humorous approach to grandparents, presenting their assets, drawbacks, various names, and appearances. Several cartoon drawings on each page feature various sets of children interacting with their relatives in warm scenes of sharing family history, hugs, snacks, etc. The text and art are arranged on spreads by topic ("All Grandparents have their own names," "Not all grandparents have free time," etc.). Each small drawing has a line of explanation and often includes a dialogue balloon with comments from the characters ("Grandpa bought me a dog!"). The grandparents are different in appearance, lifestyle, personality, and in the ways they interact with their grandchildren, but all of the families appear to be white and middle class.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Children and grandparents both get input about their proper respective roles in this small French import. In fine-lined vignettes, several per page, Capdevila portrays a single family with a few extras trotted in now and then, demonstrating particular aspects or variations of the grandparent/grandchild relationship. Fournier le Ray explains in brief captions and headers that some grandparents are always busy, while others have a little free time, and some seem to have an endless quantity; some "are always there to make us feel better," but some tire easily, while others go on and on, and so forth. In sum, "grandparents are important! It's because of them that we get together as a family. It's because of them that we are a family!" Can't argue with that. Particularly useful for clueless elders and for children who are a little hazy on family ties beyond those of sibs and parents; this makes an upbeat alternative to such thematic cousins as Shelly Rotner's Lots of Grandparents (2001), or Margaret Wild's Our Granny (1994). (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929132461
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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