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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.

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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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.

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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"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
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.
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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
Ellen Mandel
About to visit his grandmother at the Sunshine Home for the first time, seven-year-old Timmie is scared but won't say so. Yet he describes the building as "barf green," his stomach hurts when he enters, and he notices his mom speaks in a "bright and sparkly" voice he's never heard before. Once inside, the visit goes well. Best of all, Gram seems the same. But as soon as Timmie and his parents leave, Timmie's mom dissolves into tears. When Timmie runs back inside to give Gram the school picture he'd forgotten, he finds her also sobbing. Gram apologizes and explains she doesn't want anyone to know she's unhappy because it's easier on everyone that way. But Timmie, remembering how his fears were allayed when he confessed them to his dad, insists, "It's better when you tell. Honest. You don't feel so scared." With that, Timmie hurriedly retrieves his parents, and the four share their feelings about missing each other. In her realistic watercolors, de Groat defines the images of Bunting's tender, true-to-life story: Timmie's face stares out at readers with apprehension before he enters the home, then registers discomfort at seeing a bib tied to Gram when she eats, and finally relaxes when he talks with Gram. Scenes in the home are painted in institutional greens, yellows, and corals culled from the floral motifs in the wallpaper and curtains. Youngsters whose families are wrestling with similar concerns over an elderly or unwell grandparent will especially relate to the dilemma conveyed here with honesty and some sadness but with a prevailing hopefulness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395633090
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.00 (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, The Wall , Fly Away Home , and Train to Somewhere . 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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