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Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell
     

Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell

by Mills, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
 

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The sixth book about this "perfect team." —School Library Journal

Show-and-tell was a breeze in first grade, when Gus brought to school baseball cards and a plastic rattlesnake and a super-duper flashlight. Now, in second grade, he's stumped. And wouldn't you know it, rival Ryan Mason outshines him every time. When Gus brings a picture of a beaver

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The sixth book about this "perfect team." —School Library Journal

Show-and-tell was a breeze in first grade, when Gus brought to school baseball cards and a plastic rattlesnake and a super-duper flashlight. Now, in second grade, he's stumped. And wouldn't you know it, rival Ryan Mason outshines him every time. When Gus brings a picture of a beaver lodge for his natural-habitat project, Ryan brings a huge, homemade model of a beaver lodge. When Gus brings a balloon for his solid, liquid, or gas, Ryan makes gas out of vinegar and baking soda. Will Ryan's show-and-tell for Colorado history also be superior to Gus's? No way — not when Gus decides that his show-and-tell will be Grandpa, the best representative ever of Colorado history, and the best grandpa, bar none. Once again, Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock reveal the riches of "one of the nicest intergenerational relationships" (The Horn Book).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In this sixth book about Gus and Grandpa, all of the other students bring interesting items for second-grade show-and-tell, but Gus can't come up with any good ideas. Enthralled by his grandfather's photos and stories of the past, Gus has the perfect show-and-tell at last . . . A charming addition to the series." —School Library Journal

"Gus and Grandpa are a great intergenerational team." —Kirkus Reviews

"The text is appropriate for newly independent readers and is nicely balanced by full- and half-page color illustrations. The positive portrayal of the multiethnic classroom is a plus, and the warm, loving relationship Gus and Grandpa share shines through. A charming addition to the series." —School Library Journal

"Stock's watercolor illustrations are plentiful and add greatly to the sympathetic tenor of the book. This realistic, intergenerational story demonstrates respect for the elderly and the importance of grandparents in a child's life." —Booklist

Booklist
. . . This realistic, intergenerational story demonstrates respect for the elderly and the importance of grandparents in a child's life.
School Library Journal
. . . the warm, loving relationship Gus and Grandpa share shines through. A charming addition to the series.
Children's Literature
Gus isn't very happy. He used to love show-and-tell, but now his second grade teacher has imposed themes for the students. He hardly ever has anything interesting and feels like every member of the class outshines him, especially Ryan Mason. When Gus visits Grandpa and tells of his predicament and relates that the next assignment is Colorado history, Grandpa starts telling stories about his grandparents. Then Gus gets a great idea, and he and Grandpa become the stars of the next show-and-tell. A dilemma that is all too real for that age group, a multicultural cast of students and a warm intergenerational story make for another winning combination. Kids will enjoy reading this book. 2000, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 5 to 8, $13.00. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Even if you don't have a "Gus" at home like we do, you're bound to love reading the Gus and Grandpa books. Grandpa embodies the love and connection kids want with immediate family members. In this book, Gus brings grandpa to the school's show and tell session. A tale of warm family love and history. 2000, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., $13.00. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Kirkus Reviews
In a new adventure for Gus and Grandpa, the author-illustrator duo (Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike, 1999, etc.) takes readers along as Gus prepares for second-grade show-and-tell, which promises to be a far cry from his fun presentations last year, when he could bring whatever he wished. This year, the teacher has sent home a list of topics. For the first topic, Mom and Dad offer suggestions, but Gus rejects their ideas only to see other kids using them come presentation time—and Ryan Mason outshining everyone. Grandpa's suggestion of a balloon for solids, liquids, and gases, the second topic, sounds all right, till Gus gets to school: a bunch of kids have the same idea, and "almost everyone else had rocks," except for Ryan Mason, of course, who made a gas using vinegar and baking soda to inflate a balloon. Grandpa knows a lot of Colorado history, the third topic, but Gus can't take Grandpa's crackly old photographs to school . . . or can he? His show-and-tell Grandpa knocks the socks off Ryan's next presentation and restores Gus's faith in life's ultimate fairness. Stock's watercolor illustrations complement and separate blocks of beginning-to-read text, doing everything they should do in a book for this readership. Together, words and pictures are an enjoyable take on an age-appropriate issue. Gus and Grandpa are a great intergenerational team; they're lucky to have each other—and readers are lucky to have them. (Fiction. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374428488
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/25/2002
Series:
Gus and Grandpa Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Catherine Stock lives in New York City. The author and illustrator have collaborated on all six books in the Gus and Grandpa series, among them Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies.

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