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Grandpa's Surprise
     

Grandpa's Surprise

by Rosalind Beardshaw
 

In Grandpa's Surprise, Stanley is very jealous of Jack's new bike-but Jack won't let him have a ride on it! Grandpa sees how upset Stanley is and decides to cheer him up with a special surprise: a homemade go-kart! Now will Stanley let Jack take a turn? A vibrantly illustrated story about imagination, sharing, and friendship.

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In Grandpa's Surprise, Stanley is very jealous of Jack's new bike-but Jack won't let him have a ride on it! Grandpa sees how upset Stanley is and decides to cheer him up with a special surprise: a homemade go-kart! Now will Stanley let Jack take a turn? A vibrantly illustrated story about imagination, sharing, and friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When his friend Jake refuses to let Stanley ride his new tricycle, Grandpa takes a dejected Stanley (and Bert the dog, too) to the shed. There he finds an old wooden crate, Stanley's old stroller and several other useful items. Stanley assists his grandfather and before long they assemble a go-kart. Now Jack is jealous of Stanley's "wheels" and offers him a turn on the tricycle. Stanley thinks about it and then says no. However, he invites Jake to join his grandpa and him on the go-kart. Beardshaw has created wonderfully expressive faces on all her characters—even Bert. The rosy cheeks and dots for eyes have such a friendly look. This grandpa, who is able to make everything more than alright, is great in his purple plaid pants and colander helmet. This is a satisfying intergenerational family story as well as one about friendship. The large illustrations make it ideal for story hours. 2004, Bloomsbury, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Beardshaw's companion titles depict fond relationships between grandchildren and their grandparents. In the first book, Emily's outing to the seaside is spoiled when an emergency summons her mother to work and deposits the child at her grandmother's house for the day. Her initial disappointment melts away when Grandma gamely converts her backyard into an oceanfront resort just for the two of them. In the second title, Stanley's friend Jack refuses to give him a turn on his new tricycle, so Grandpa helps Stanley build a sporty, custom boxcar with plenty of room for all three. Both stories feature light, concise narratives (one or two short sentences per page) and illustrate constructive approaches to conflict resolution. The accompanying artwork is bright, glossy, and scaled to draw the attention of tiny eyes. Solid titles for one-on-one or group sharing.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582349343
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/02/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Rosalind Beardshaw is the author and/or illustrator of many wonderful books for children, including Fran's Friend. She lives in England.

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