Maybe Later

Maybe Later

by Ingrid Lee, Gabrielle Grimard
     
 

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Long, long ago, Johnny's grandpa found a bottle on the beach. When Johnny roots it out of the back of Grandpa's closet, he can see a mysterious shadow through the green glass. "We should break it," Johnny says. "Maybe later," says his grandpa. And so the story begins.  See more details below

Overview

Long, long ago, Johnny's grandpa found a bottle on the beach. When Johnny roots it out of the back of Grandpa's closet, he can see a mysterious shadow through the green glass. "We should break it," Johnny says. "Maybe later," says his grandpa. And so the story begins.

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Children's Literature - Ann Farina
While exploring his grandpa's closet one day, Johnny finds a bottle made of dark green glass. There is something inside but the top is sealed tight. Even though Johnny wants to break open the bottle, Grandpa keeps telling him, "maybe later." Grandpa proceeds to tell Johnny a series of stories that teach him about appreciating what you have and being patient. Johnny imagines many things inside the bottle that take him on adventures through his imagination. In the end, Johnny realizes that if he breaks open the bottle, he will lose all the things his imagination found. This enchanting story makes me long for stories from my own childhood and grandfather. Grandpa's analogies generally hit the mark and make the reader hope that Johnny will not open the bottle. One story, however, seems inappropriate and unclear. Henry, a farmer, has a chicken that lays golden eggs. In a fit of impatience, he wrings the chicken's neck, to get all the eggs at once, but all he gets is chicken guts. The meaning of grandpa's chicken story may be lost on a young reader. Overall, I think this book is as charming as its illustrations. I would add this to a 3rd and 4th grade library shelf. Reviewer: Ann Farina

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696703
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

One day, Johnny stuck his nose in his grandpa's closet and found a bottle. It was made of dark green glass. A sandy cork was plugged in the top. The sand was as hard as cement.

Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa. "What's in the bottle?" he demanded.

"Well now, that's a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that out."

Johnny held the bottle up to the sun. A shadow lurked inside the green glass. There was something inside for sure.

Meet the Author

An avid reader of Grimm's fairy tales as a child, Ingrid Lee enters the world of the imagination with ease. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where, in addition to writing, she teaches art and English.
Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was very young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She moved from Montreal to the Eastern Townships, where she now lives with her two children, several chickens and her husband, who builds wooden boats. They share an old barn as their artist's studio.

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