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Happy Birthday, Grampie!

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A poignant, warm story of how a granddaughter's love for her grandfather breaks through the barriers of language and age. Full color.

Martha gives her beloved grandfather, now living in a home for the aged, a birthday gift to remember.

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Pictures By Ronald Himler New York 1987 Illustrated Boards 2nd Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket 0803734573 New York: Dial Books for Young Readers., 1987, 2nd printing, ... Fine, colorful hb, 11x8.5/DJ Very Good, stain on rear cover, slight edgewear, This sensitive and delightful book for children is about a grandfather who is blind and speaks Swedish, but a granddaughter who gives him a loving birthday present that he understands. KPC002047LIVEZEY, illus by Ronald Himler., children, birthday, grandfather, blind, Swedish, Read more Show Less

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Overview

A poignant, warm story of how a granddaughter's love for her grandfather breaks through the barriers of language and age. Full color.

Martha gives her beloved grandfather, now living in a home for the aged, a birthday gift to remember.

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Martha's grandfather is blind, and it's his 89th birthday. His hands shake, and he doesn't ``speak English anymore . . . just Swedish.'' Martha's father explains that when some people grow old, they only remember their first language. Martha has saved money in an empty cigar box for her grandfather's birthday presenthis favorite Swedish tobaccobut now she is concerned. She has prepared a special card for him with felt letters on it, so that he'll be able to ``read'' it. But what if he doesn't remember the meaning of her words? The moment of truth comes when he traces the letters, ``Happy Birthday Grampie. I love you,'' with his fingers. ``Martha, I love you, too,'' he says. It seems that words from the heart have no limitations. Pearson's story, of an elderly person with special needs, seems both deeply personal and universal; she has packed high emotion into a small story. Himler's watercolors are sweetly affecting, alive with cherishable touches and warm moments. Ages 4-8. (April)
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PreS-Gr 3 Martha's grandfather is celebrating his 89th birthday, and she has crafted a card with the words ``Happy Birthday, Grampie. I Love You'' on it. The words are textured so that he can feel them with his fingers, as he is blind. Martha is worried all the way to the nursing home because her grandfather has been speaking only in his native Swedish lately, and she doesn't know if he will be able to understand the card. Soft transparent realistic watercolors match the story's gentle mood, which is reminiscent of the author's Karin's Christmas Walk (Dial, 1980) in reaffirming the bonds of family love. Although similar to Patricia MacLachlan's Through Grandpa's Eyes (Harper, 1980) in its sensitive treatment of the theme of the blindness of a grandfather, this is also a satisfying and rewarding portrayal of a family's treasured moments. Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Public Lib . , Manitoba, Can .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803734579
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/1987
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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