My Friend Grandpa

My Friend Grandpa

by Harriet Ziefert, Robert Wurzburg
     
 

Every summer Emma spends a month in the country with Grandpa. Emma enjoys her grandpa and the big tree that lives on his farm. She plays under it, swings from its branches, and climbs up high.
One day the tree is struck by lightning and is badly damaged. Emma is heartbroken. Will she ever be able to play in her tree again? Together, she and Grandpa find a way

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Overview

Every summer Emma spends a month in the country with Grandpa. Emma enjoys her grandpa and the big tree that lives on his farm. She plays under it, swings from its branches, and climbs up high.
One day the tree is struck by lightning and is badly damaged. Emma is heartbroken. Will she ever be able to play in her tree again? Together, she and Grandpa find a way to save the best part of the tree.
Robert Wurzburg's evocative illustrations beautifully portray the compelling relationship that exists between Emma and her grandpa.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Young Emma, who narrates this understated story, has three best friends "when I'm in the city. But when I'm in the country my best friends are Grandpa and the big tree that lives on his farm." (Three prepossessing chickens and a Scottie named Sammy play the roles of best supporting pals.) She visits her grandfather every summer for a month and, while it may not seem that Grandpa and the tree have much in common in terms of companionship, Ziefert (Rockheads) makes a convincing case that both are reassuring, steady presences in Emma's life, inspiring her to play and explore. "Birds argue. I listen. Squirrels play. I watch. Bugs crawl. I collect," says the narrator. When lightning fells the tree, Emma is crushed. But Grandpa shows his mettle, skillfully wielding a chain saw to save the best part-the portion of the trunk with a hole big enough to accommodate Emma, the chickens and Sammy. First-time children's book artist Wurzberg's delicate watercolors, rendered in muted greens and browns, are never showy in their observational power, yet they deftly plumb the emotional depths of the spare text. Sprightly soup ons of cartooning keep the mood light: Grandpa's tractor headlights resemble eyeballs, while the chicken trio functions as a wattled, slightly addle-brained and always giggle-worthy Greek chorus. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Every summer, Emma spends a month in the country with her grandpa. She listens to the birds, watches the squirrels, and collects bugs. When Emma gets stuck climbing a tree to see what lives inside its hole, her grandfather rescues her. After the tree is struck by lightning and falls down, she asks him to save part of it for her. He gives her the trunk, and she and the dog climb into the hole. They hear owls hoot and watch a raccoon walk past. At last, Grandpa fetches Emma, carrying her to bed and wishing her a good night. The mood of this warm, intergenerational tale is enhanced by Wurzburg's muted and sketchy watercolor-and-ink illustrations. The pictures convey the dynamic affection between the child and her grandfather, whether they are walking in the woods in their Wellingtons or staring at the broken tree in their rain gear.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593540630
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
08/12/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.37(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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