Sunshine Home

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When Timmie and his parents go to visit his grandmother in the nursing home, he can't understand why everyone acts as though nothing is wrong. A warm, touching story of a family discovering how much they need and love one another. "Bunting once again tackles the tough -- and she triumphs. de Groat's realistic watercolors . . . poignantly support the text. A must for children's collections." --School Library Journal

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Overview

When Timmie and his parents go to visit his grandmother in the nursing home, he can't understand why everyone acts as though nothing is wrong. A warm, touching story of a family discovering how much they need and love one another. "Bunting once again tackles the tough -- and she triumphs. de Groat's realistic watercolors . . . poignantly support the text. A must for children's collections." --School Library Journal

When he and his parents visit his grandmother in the nursing home where she is recovering from a broken hip, everyone pretends to be happy until Tim helps them express their true feelings.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Sunshine Home may be sunny, but it is not a home. Not Grandma's home, anyway. As much as Timmie's mom and dad try to act as if everything is normal, and as cheery as Grandma tries to be when they visit her, Timmie can see that they are all miserable. When he forces his parents to see what they're doing, both to each other and to Grandma, they realize they're in for a long, hard time, but that they will come through-maybe. This is not an optimistic book, but as usual, Bunting has come up with an absolutely riveting story about a common situation, making it personal and heartbreakingly real. Read this book before you give it to kids, but read this book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A rare and perceptive book on an increasingly important topic. Nursing homes are a troubling necessity in our busy world, and Bunting tells of one family's transition with dignity, honesty, sensitivity, and just enough humor to make it bearable. Timmy is seven when his grandmother injures herself in a fall and needs full-time nursing care. On his first visit to Sunshine Home, he is afraid that Gram won't be the same and is overwhelmed by the smells and sights of the place. Mom and Gram are both outwardly ``cheery and chipper,'' but their voices don't ring true. When the family leaves Sunshine Home, Mom begins to cry. Timmy runs back to give Gram his forgotten school picture-she too is in tears. The boy realizes it would be better for all of them to reveal their real feelings and brings his parents back for some honest sharing. The family hopes together that Gram will get well enough to come home while accepting that she may not. Bunting once again tackles the tough-and triumphs. de Groat's realistic watercolor illustrations are appropriately heavy on institutional green and poignantly support the text. A must for children's collections that should also be strongly considered for libraries serving nursing homes.-Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
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"Bunting once again tackles the tough—and she triumphs. de Groat's realistic watercolors . . . poignantly support the text. A must for children's collections." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618551576
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, and numerous novels. She lives in Southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Wow! Moving!

    This book moved me to tears. It is a wonderful story that deals very well sith a sensitive and touching topic. A must for all with loved ones in nursing care.

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