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Grandpa's Corner Store

Grandpa's Corner Store

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by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan, Dyanne Disalvo-ryan (Illustrator)

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A new supermarket threatens Grandpa's corner store. Lucy brings the neighborhood together to show Grandpa they need him.


A new supermarket threatens Grandpa's corner store. Lucy brings the neighborhood together to show Grandpa they need him.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
In this age of super stores and conspicuous consumption, comes this gentle reminder that sometimes small and simple is the best. Grandpa's store sits at a busy corner of a large city. He has a steady stream of customers--children who pile in for candy, the firefighters who frequent the deli, Mr. Tutti who only buys yesterday's paper, and Mr. Lee who phones in his orders. Grandpa's granddaughter helps by sweeping the floor and stocking the shelves. Moving into the community is a giant supermarket with a grand opening planned. When the little girl sees the For Sale sign and hears Grandpa's fear that he will lose his customers, she swings into action. Having learned in school that a community is a "group of people who live and work together," she calls on his customers to rally in support. Grandpa's store may not be as big as the supermarket but it still has everything you need. Soft watercolor illustrations give life to the loving text that aptly illustrates what can happen when neighbors work together. A map of the community on the endpapers adds to the warm, homey tone of the story. 2000, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 9, $15.95. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lucy's grandfather owns the local grocery store, and the child is worried that he will be forced to sell and move away from her once a new supermarket opens. Filled with love and determination, she is able to pull the neighborhood together and save her Grandpa's store. DiSalvo-Ryan illustrates how anger at a situation can be turned into something positive and emphasizes the importance of community in our lives. Children will empathize with Lucy and realize that they are not always powerless, that they can make a difference. The soft, colorful illustrations are large, often taking up almost the entire two-page spread. The faces of the people reflect the feelings described in the text. The map on the end pages is an added bonus, paving the way for similar classroom projects. This title would fit well into a social studies lesson on communities.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
The author/illustrator of City Green (1994) and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (1991) again celebrates community spirit, this time with a tale of a takecharge child who refuses to let her grandpa's corner grocery quietly disappear when a big supermarket opens down the street. Having already seen the neighborhood hardware store closed by competition, Lucy indignantly rejects the idea that her grandpa would likewise knuckle under; so she is understandably dismayed when a "For Sale" sign goes up. " ‘The new supermarket will have everything from soup to nuts,' " Grandpa explains sadly. " ‘But it won't have you,' " she rejoins—then marches off to organize the willing regulars, from her own classmates to the firefighters across the street, into a fixit brigade. From plump resident tabby cat to worn checkerboard floor tiles, Grandpa's store positively exudes coziness, and in the final scenes DiSalvoRyan's industrious, multigenerational crowd is lit up as much by Grandpa's loving smile as by his bright red smock. (Picture book. 79)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1 ED
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10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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Grandpa's Corner Store 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a nice story, well-written and beautifully illustrated.