I Call My Grandpa Papa

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Do you play baseball with your Pops, go camping with your Opa, or read at the library with your Babu? No matter what name you call your grandpa, one thing is for sure: it's always fun to spend time with the one you love--who loves you right back. Ashley Wolff's musical text and colorful collage artwork pay tribute to the special bond between children and their grandfathers.
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Overview

Do you play baseball with your Pops, go camping with your Opa, or read at the library with your Babu? No matter what name you call your grandpa, one thing is for sure: it's always fun to spend time with the one you love--who loves you right back. Ashley Wolff's musical text and colorful collage artwork pay tribute to the special bond between children and their grandfathers.
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From the Publisher
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council.

Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"A nice choice for school and home, these selections incorporate warmth, gentle humor, a variety of languages and a range of family groupings while they show some of the many things that a grandparent and grandchildren can do together."

Review, San Francisco Chronicle:
"We meet an Italian called Nonno, a Russian called Dedushka, a Japanese called Oji-san and many more, including American ones called Grandpa and Pops. There's even a dinosaur-loving kid who calls his Grandpasaurus. Wolff uses painting and collage to create real-life scenes of grandfatherly fun. And she includes a list of international grandpa names at the back."

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Miss May's grandmother is visiting from China, and her pupils share their pictures and stories about their grandparents. In rhymed, four-line verses, the children tell what they call their Grandpa or Grandma and describe something they enjoy doing together. "My Babu runs the library./He can check out any book/and when he gets the new ones/he lets me have first look." Both titles open with the same introduction of the teacher introducing a grandparent to a multiethnic group of students. In each book, various children say a few words about their abuelo, nonno, ojii-san, bubbe, or nana. The texts are accompanied by colorful gouache and collage illustrations that are well suited to sharing with groups. An author's note gives more information on the origins of the names. These books can be used for intergenerational storytimes and for adding a bit of multiculturalism to family-studies units.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582462523
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 598,339
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

There seems to be no thrill like becoming a grandfather. ASHLEY WOLFF knows so many joyful, energetic, and downright hip Papas, Abuelos, and Grandpas that she had to write a book to celebrate how special each one is. Ashley has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books including Baby Beluga, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, When Lucy Goes Out Walking, The Wild Little Horse, and Mama's Milk. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Sabin, and border collie, Lucy. Ashley hopes that someday her two sons will make Sabin a Grandpasaurus, too.
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"My grandfather from China is visiting today.
Class, please welcome Ye-Ye!"
said Miss Alexandra May.

"Our grandpas all have stories--
no two are just the same.
They have so much to teach us and deserve their special names.
Will you please tell Ye-Ye about these pictures that you drew of you and all your grandpas and what you love to do?"

Cesar said, "Let me go first!
See us swimming in the pool?
My Abuelo taught me how to dive.

I think he's really cool!"

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