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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.

A sixty-six-year-old grandfather, barred from entering the 1000-mile Tour of Sweden because of his age, unofficially joins the bicycle race and, to the delight of his ...

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Overview

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.

A sixty-six-year-old grandfather, barred from entering the 1000-mile Tour of Sweden because of his age, unofficially joins the bicycle race and, to the delight of his countrymen, emerges victorious.

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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 HÃ¥kansson 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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688162962
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Super Grandpa Inspires All Ages

    Super Grandpa, a children's picturebook that will appeal to all ages, is the true story of a 66-year-old Swedish bike rider who won a national bike race -- that they wouldn't let him enter because he was "too old." I bought it for an 82-year-old bike rider I know, and he loved it. Readers of all ages will be inspired by Gustaf's determination, his love of life, and his fine example of someone who followed his dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    Supergrandpa

    Have you ever heard of the Hare and the Tortoise? Well, this story is something like that. The main character is Gustaf Hakansson. The story takes place in Sweden. Gustaf was reading the paper and saw an ad that said a bike race. He went to see the judges and they said he could not enter the race. He went home but not to his rocking chair. He muttered, 'They can't keep me off the road, but they can keep me out of the race.' He got ready for the long ride ahead. He rode 600 miles to the starting line, and he got there right when the race was starting. The race started and Gustaf rode through the night, and he only got a few hours of sleep. Do you think Gustaf will win? Read the book and find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    Supergrandpa

    Have you ever seen a grandpa ride a bike in the Tour of Sweden? This story takes place in Sweden. The grandpa's name is Gustaf. People say Gustaf is too old to ride in the Tour of Sweden. He did not think so. He said he was strong and fit. Then Gustaf said, 'They can keep me out of the race but not off the road.' The next day he rode all the way to where the race started. That was 600 miles. He made a number 0 out of scrap cloth to pin on his back because all the other racers had numbers. The race began, and Gustaf was behind all the other racers. If you want to find ou the end, read the book. We liked the book because it was never boring, and we would recommend this book to people that like races. Also readers who like people who give it all they've got would like to book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Supergrandpa

    Have you ever seen a grandpa that can ride a bike? In the book Supergrandpa, Gustaf reads an ad in the newspaper about a bike race that goes over 1,000 miles in Sweden. Gustaf goes to sign up for the bike race, but the judges say, 'You're too old, you might collapse in the middle of the race.' He decides to enter the race anyway. Gustaf rides 600 miles to the race. He found some fabric and made it into the number zero to stitch on his back since he didn't have a number. Each day of the race Gustaf took a rest in the middle of the night and slept for three hours. On the third morning Gustaf was the first one to arrive in the little town of Lulea. Everyone gave Gustaf food and juice. Then Gustaf continued in the race, and a little girl shouted out, 'Look, it's Supergrandpa!' One man said, 'You're almost there! Don't look back! You're going to win!' But he looked back and one racer was catching up. If you want to know what happens next, you can read the book. We liked the book because it was funny and exciting. If kids like races, they might like to read this book.

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