Supergrandpa

Supergrandpa

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by David M. Schwartz, Bert Dodson
     
 

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So what if the judges tell Gustav he's too old to enter a 1,000-mile bicycle race? He'll ride along--and maybe even win! Young and old will thrill to the true story of a grandfather who isn't about to let anyone tell him, "Go home to your rocking chair". Full color. See more details below

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So what if the judges tell Gustav he's too old to enter a 1,000-mile bicycle race? He'll ride along--and maybe even win! Young and old will thrill to the true story of a grandfather who isn't about to let anyone tell him, "Go home to your rocking chair". Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Don't let that white beard fool you, this grandpa is no ordinary fellow. Thwarted when he tries to enter a bicycle race called the Tour of Sweden (over 1,000) because he is sixty-six years old, Gustaf Håkansson decided to enter the race unofficially. Riding night and day, he manages to catch up and pass all of the younger bikers. Suddenly he becomes a celebrity in the race and is nicknamed "Supergrandpa." He wins the race, but since he was not officially entered, he really can't claim the prize. In the eyes and hearts of the media however, this senior citizen is a winner. Based on a true story, this tale is an inspiration to kids and adults.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Based on a true story, this book dispels many stereotypes about the elderly. When a 1,000-mile bicycle race is scheduled across his native Sweden, Gustaf Hakansson, 66, enters. Rejected by the race officials because of his age, he becomes even more determined to participate, cycling 600 miles to the starting point. He finishes the race ahead of the other competitors, but is denied the first-place trophy because of his unofficial status. Nevertheless, Gustaf wins the hearts of the spectators, who affectionately name him ``Supergrandpa.'' The restrained text effectively underscores Gustaf's spirit. An endnote explains more about the real ``Supergrandpa,'' who lived to be 102. Dodson's large, realistic watercolors add immensely to the upbeat tone. Dodson's ability to project different moods through various uses of light and shadow is especially good. Spreads executed in a palette ranging from earthy browns to chilly blues capture the changing scenery of the man's journey, and the fairly large format and clear narrative make the book suitable both for sharing aloud and independent reading. The unusual title may snare some readers, but the crisp language and compelling pictures will keep them involved in this heart-warming tale. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688098995
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1991
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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