Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies

Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies

by Mills, Catherine Stock
     
 

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"More Gus and Grandpa books are promised, and kids will welcome them." -Booklist

When Gus goes to Grandpa's house at Christmas, they decide to bake cookies. But then they discover that they don't have sprinkles. Off to the store they go. On the way, they pass a Santa collecting money for the poor. Gus summons the courage to contribute two quarters

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"More Gus and Grandpa books are promised, and kids will welcome them." -Booklist

When Gus goes to Grandpa's house at Christmas, they decide to bake cookies. But then they discover that they don't have sprinkles. Off to the store they go. On the way, they pass a Santa collecting money for the poor. Gus summons the courage to contribute two quarters and is rewarded with a "God bless you." Returning home, Gus and Grandpa are visited by three neighbor ladies, one at a time, each bringing two dozen cookies. What are Gus and Grandpa to do with so many cookies? Gus knows! Give some to the poor! And when they do, he gets antoher taste—even better than the first— of the joy of giving. In the second Gus and Grandpa book, Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock capture the very spirit of Christmas.

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"In this gently humorous chapter book, a boy and his cookie-baking grandfather are inundated with holiday goodies from neighbors-and discover a way to share with homeless kids. The expressive watercolors are a lovely accompaniment to the simple, lyrical text."-The Washington Post

"Gus and Grandpa make Christmas cookies for themselves, but several neighbor ladies don't realize that men can bake, too, and bombard the duo with cookies. What to do with all the dozens of baked goods? Gus, who has experienced the joy of giving when he contributes to a street-corner Santa's coffers, comes up with the idea of donating the cookies to children less fortunate than himself." - Booklist

"A warm story that's true to the holiday spirit...The sentences in this beginning reader may be simple, but they say a great deal...The watercolor illustrations effectively portray a kindly, slightly stooped, but spry Grandpa and an eager little Gus, a perfect team." - School Library Journal

Washington Post
Expressive . . . lyrical.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
'Tis the season for song and special foods, for presents and visits and a spirit of cheer. In this gently humorous chapter book, a boy and his cookie-baking grandfather are inundated with holiday goodies from neighbors. They discover a way to share with homeless kids. The expressive watercolors are a lovely accompaniment to the simple, lyrical text.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The two guys are at it again, only now Gus and his grandfather are baking Christmas cookies. When they discover that there are no sprinkles, they head to the store. There, Gus sees a man in a Santa suit ringing a bell. He learns that money is being collected for the less fortunate, and he asks permission to donate his quarters. Upon returning home to finish up the cookies, Gus and grandpa are interrupted by the doorbell. Well meaning neighbors start arriving to drip off a little holiday cheer in the form of Christmas cookies. They can't imagine a man living alone would be baking Christmas cookies. What a dilemma, twelve dozen cookies are more than Gus and grandpa can eat, but they find a wonderful solution that reflects the true spirit of Christmas.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A warm story that's true to the holiday spirit. Gus and Grandpa enjoy baking cookies together for Christmas. They love to yell at the dough when it sticks, eat it raw from the bowl, and cut out holiday shapes with their cookie cutters. While shopping for ingredients, they see a man in a Santa suit ringing a bell, and Grandpa explains to Gus that he is collecting money for poor children. Gus puts his two quarters in the kettle, and they return home. After three neighbors stop by, each with two dozen cookies for Grandpa, the two bakers suddenly have too many goodies, and Gus asks if the same children who needed his quarters could use the extra cookies. Off they go to take them to the Santa with the kettle, who offers to take them to the Christmas party at the homeless shelter. The sentences in this beginning reader may be simple, but they say a great deal, e.g., "Gus felt warm inside, even though it was still snowing." The watercolor illustrations effectively portray a kindly, slightly stooped, but spry Grandpa and an eager little Gus, a perfect team whether they are baking cookies, standing outside surrounded by soft white snow, or just thinking together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374428150
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/16/2000
Series:
Gus and Grandpa Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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