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Grandpa's Girls
     

Grandpa's Girls

by Nicola I. Campbell, Kim LaFave (Illustrator)
 

A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa’s farm. She and her cousins run through the fields, explore the root cellar where the smoked salmon and jars of fruit are stored, swing on a rope out the barn loft window, visit the appaloosa in the corral and tease the neighbor’s pig. The visit is also an opportunity for this child to ask Grandpa what her

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A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa’s farm. She and her cousins run through the fields, explore the root cellar where the smoked salmon and jars of fruit are stored, swing on a rope out the barn loft window, visit the appaloosa in the corral and tease the neighbor’s pig. The visit is also an opportunity for this child to ask Grandpa what her grandmother, Yahyah, was like, and explore the “secret room,” with its old wooden box of ribbons, medals and photos of Grandpa in uniform.

There is a wonderful blend of fun and family history in this visit to a grandparent, but also the realization that there can be some things about the people we know and love that will always remain a mystery.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The kids’ robust curiosity and enterprising snooping make it deliciously cheerful." — Toronto Star

"The book is a vicarious pleasure…" — Quill & Quire

"The voice may be adult, but the experience is recalled vividly enough to bring young readers along." — Kirkus Magazine

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Grandpa's farm is a fun place to go. There are so many places and sights to see. The four girls in the story love to visit Grandpa and spend time exploring. They run and jump in the fields. The cousins also like playing with the chickens. Investigating the root cellar is a favorite pastime where they inspect all the jars of food and play house. Grandpa is always near and likes to keep an eye on the girls. There is never a dull moment when visiting Grandpa! They love to swing on the rope in the loft of the barn, sit on the old tractor, and feed crabapples to the horse. The sisters even have fun teasing the old pig next door until he chases them. The girls enjoy being near the aunts and their moms—hearing them laugh out loud at stories they are remembering. Grandpa likes to encourage the girls to try new things to eat, but they relish the candy dish that he has. However, the most beloved activity is going to Grandpa's secret room and searching through the old trunk to find the special treasures: Grandpa's ribbons and war medals, his old watch, and the black and white photos of Grandpa in his army uniform. Based on her real life grandpa, the author did an excellent job in revealing the joy the girls feel when they visit their Grandpa. Readers will experience the excitement as they run and play about the farm. The attractive illustrations add to the events of the story. Memories of their own grandpas may be brought to mind as readers survey this delightful book. Parents and teachers will be glad to add this wonderful book to their libraries. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
Kirkus Reviews

Warm memories of visits to Grandpa's house, laced with sentiment and sprinkled with Salish.

Campbell (Shi-shi-etko, also illustrated by LaFave,2005) draws from childhood experiences to recapture the excitement of visiting her elder relative's farm. With a gaggle of cousins, the young narrator explores grand-auntie's old logyuxkn,climbs into the hayloft, feeds crabapples to a horse, gleefully pleases an irritated pig, rejects Grandpa's pokerfaced offerings of "weird food"—"Don't want no Rocky Mountain oysters. Don't want liver or tripe, neither"—and ventures into the dusty storage room to see his World War II medals. LaFave's cartoon illustrations, informally drawn and digitally colored in transparent washes, capture the exhilaration, sending four energetic youngsters in sneakers and short pants roaming through a succession of comfortably well-kept rural scenes. The lack of pronunciation guidance may cause non-Salish readers to stumble over some lines ("Our grand-aunties and grand-uncles call us kidsschmém'i?t"), but the joy of being part of a large family gathering and romping about while the grownups chatter and laugh somewhere else will be familiar to a wide audience.

The voice may be adult, but the experience is recalled vividly enough to bring young readers along.(Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554980840
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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