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Snowed In With Grandmother Silk

Snowed In With Grandmother Silk

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by Carol Fenner, Amanda Harvey (Illustrator)

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Ruddy is disappointed when his parents go on a cruise and he must stay with his fussy grandmother for a whole week, but an unexpected snowstorm reveals a surprising side of Grandmother Silk.


Ruddy is disappointed when his parents go on a cruise and he must stay with his fussy grandmother for a whole week, but an unexpected snowstorm reveals a surprising side of Grandmother Silk.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
This gentle, quirky, late-autumn story for middle readers stars a small boy named Ruddy whose parents leave on a 10-day cruise shortly before Halloween, his favorite holiday. — Elizabeth Ward
Children's Literature
Ruddy never liked visiting his paternal grandmother at Silver Lake. She never let him have any fun. When his parents decide to go on a cruise, they tell him he will be staying with his grandmother. What makes matters worse is that he will be there over Halloween. Depressed about being away from home and his friends for this special day, Ruddy's spirits rise a bit when Grandmother Silk announces they will go to the zoo for Halloween. However, a surprise snowstorm keeps them at her house. A toppled tree leaves them without electricity but allows Ruddy to see a much more interesting side to his grandmother. The illustrator has selected key scenes and plays up the humor of the story in the full color, full page one-per-chapter illustrations. There is a nice flow to the text in this easy chapter book. Newly independent readers will find Ruddy appealing as he and his grandmother develop a strong bond during this unusual occurrence. 2003, Dial, Ages 6 to 9.
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Ruddy is disappointed to learn that he must spend 10 days in late October with Grandmother Silk while his parents go on a cruise. This grandmother has "designer hair," wears high heels around the house, calls him Rudford, doesn't like loud noises, and, in general, isn't much fun. Her cook prepares meals and her gardener drives her to town. When a sudden, furious snowstorm hits the woman's remote country home, the power goes out, a tree tumbles down, and the roads are closed, leaving Ruddy and his grandmother to fend for themselves. Initially Grandma Silk is limited in her coping skills, but as the two get colder and hungrier, her menus expand, she realizes they can fetch water from the lake, and she begins to play chess with her grandson. As the days pass, Grandma lets down her hair and trades high heels for thick slippers and warm boots. She lets down her guard as well, taking joy in the moon and snow angels and welcoming the workmen as they restore power to her home. This warm story is suited for reading aloud to a class, a family, or in a book-club setting. Its brevity and large font make it accessible to readers making the transition to chapter books, and they'll also appreciate Harvey's full-page color illustrations that break up each chapter.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When his parents go on a cruise in late October, eight-year-old Ruddy has to stay in Grandmother Silk's big old house in Silver Lake. She wears high heels all the time and doesn't like him to get dirty. She doesn't play computer games or watch TV. Ruddy is not pleased, especially about missing Halloween. But he does get a big gorilla costume to wear to the local zoo party. When a huge snowstorm cancels Halloween and knocks out phones, electricity, and heat, Grandmother Silk and Ruddy find water in the lake, meals from a can, and warmth from the fireplace. They warily circle each other as they learn chess, and Ruddy makes a snow angel while wearing his gorilla suit. The story is gentle and funny, a posthumous gift from the Newbery Honor author of Yolanda's Genius (1995). (Fiction. 7-10)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.91(w) x 7.13(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Fenner lived in Battle Creek, Michigan, before she passed away in 2002.

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Snowed in with Grandmother Silk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character is Grandmother because at first she was stuck up and wouldn¿t let Rudy play a lot and wore high heels . But at the end she fun and played chess with Rudy.