My Hippie Grandmother

My Hippie Grandmother

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by Reeve Lindbergh, Abby Carter
     
 

An enthusiastic ode to free spirits of all generations.

Who says grandmothers have to wear tidy buns and be relegated to rocking chairs? In lilting rhyme and sunny psychedelic colors, Reeve Lindbergh and Abby Carter introduce the most vibrant, tie-dyed grandmother ever to dance her way across a picture book - together with her cat named Woodstock, her

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An enthusiastic ode to free spirits of all generations.

Who says grandmothers have to wear tidy buns and be relegated to rocking chairs? In lilting rhyme and sunny psychedelic colors, Reeve Lindbergh and Abby Carter introduce the most vibrant, tie-dyed grandmother ever to dance her way across a picture book - together with her cat named Woodstock, her guitar-strumming boyfriend, her organic garden, and her very proud granddaughter. Flower power forever!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"My mother is a lawyer./ My dad works on TV," but this young narrator's role model is her beloved throwback grandmother, who favors tie-dyed T-shirts and love beads, farms organically and drives a purple bus (she even has a cat called Woodstock). Oh yes-and Grandma also has a gray ponytailed boyfriend named Jim. Lindbergh (The Circle of Days) and Carter (Never Ride Your Elephant to School) make it clear that this grandmother is a jewel. Working in fluid ink-lines and translucent pastel watercolors that suit Grandma's laidback mindset, Carter portrays the heroine as a lanky, handsome woman, with intense, twinkling eyes, a ready smile and long, gray-streaked hair that seems to be animated by her life force ("She hasn't cut her hair at all/ since nineteen sixty-nine," boasts the adoring narrator). In Lindbergh's bouncy, breezy rhymes, what shines through is Grandma's strong political conscience (she takes her granddaughter to City Hall for a two-woman antiwar protest), her freewheeling gusto and the fulfillment she gets from her likeminded mate (in one spread, adults will detect a gleam in Grandma's eye as she regards her paramour). Totally groovy-and in its own impish way, an eloquent rejoinder to these more buttoned-down times. Ages 4-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature
No grayed-haired grandma in sensible shoes for this little girl. Her grandmother�who is the apple of the granddaughter's eye�"lives behind a hill and drives a purple bus," has a bedroom with posters that proclaim LOVE and FLOWER POWER, bakes her own bread, wears jeans, and demonstrates against war. The little girl's ode to her hippie grandmother has plenty of lyrical charm and many a baby-boomer grandmother may see bits of herself reflected in this gentle song of admiration. As the girl recites her grandmother's litany of eccentricities, it is clear that the one constant in this family is the love they share. Abby Carter's watercolor and gouache illustrations convey all the love and liveliness of this slightly left-of-center grandmother and her very self-assured and proud granddaughter. 2003, Candlewick Press,
— Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A wonderful, poetic portrait. A little girl finds a kindred spirit in her grandmother, who grows vegetables, drives a purple bus, pickets city hall, plays banjo, and has a cat named Woodstock. When the woman lists all the exciting career possibilities her granddaughter will have when she grows up, the child says, "I tell her there's one other thing/I really want to do:/`Become a Hippie Grandmother,/So I'll be JUST LIKE YOU!'" Carter's colorful watercolor-and-gouache illustrations capture the happy mood of the verse. For all one-time hippies to share with their grandchildren on a one-to-one basis so as not to miss the details, or in a group to showcase the fun of the poetry, this is an entertaining choice.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Famed author Lindbergh, in a much lighter poetic vein than On Morning Wings (2002), limns a bouncy and exuberant rhyme wherein a girl extols her hippie grandma: "She hasn't cut her hair at all / Since nineteen sixty-nine." Not only that, but she drives a purple bus, has a mustachioed, guitar-playing boyfriend named Jim, and a cat named Woodstock. The girl helps her grandmother in the garden, and helps her sell goods at the Farmers Market as well as to picket City Hall when necessary. "My mother is a lawyer. / My dad works on TV," says the girl, and grandma tells her she will find her own perfect job, perhaps "find the cure for cancer / And save the human race." But she knows that she wants to be a Hippie Grandmother herself, some day, "JUST LIKE YOU!" The pictures are a wonder, in electric kool-aid acid colors, full of sunshine and love beads and tie-dye. Carter (The Invisible Enemy, not reviewed, etc.) has an energetic line; her watercolor and gouache figures fairly dance off the page. Grandma's home, with its colorful pottery, array of plants, and occasional '60s artifact (don't miss the lava lamp), is utterly engaging. For children who may have such a grandma, or know such a grandma, and for more than a few adults who may recognize themselves in the words and pictures: a sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763606718
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Reeve Lindbergh is the daughter of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her books for children include IN EVERY TINY GRAIN OF SAND and ON MORNING WINGS. She says of MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER, "A friend told me that she was attending the wedding of a hippie grandmother. I didn’t know anything about this grandmother, but I couldn’t stop thinking about her. Once I started writing, everyone I talked to had ideas about the character, so the poem got more and more detailed!"

Abby Carter has illustrated numerous books for children, but this is her first book with Candlewick Press. She is also the creator of the Fresh Samantha juice character and all her colorful friends. About MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER, she says, "My mom was a hippie mother who started an alfalfa sprout business out of our basement, so this story really brought me back to my childhood."

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