Tea with Grandpa

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Spending time with Grandpa is always fun.

Singling, laughing, eating, and playing.

And when it's time to say goodbye,

It won't be for long because

He's never too far away to have tea.


In this sweetly simple, rhyming picture book by acclaimed author/artist ...

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Spending time with Grandpa is always fun.

Singling, laughing, eating, and playing.

And when it's time to say goodbye,

It won't be for long because

He's never too far away to have tea.


In this sweetly simple, rhyming picture book by acclaimed author/artist Barney Saltzberg, a little girl tells us about her daily tea ritual with her grandfather where they sing and laugh and clink their teacups with the help of their computers and a video chat.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This deceptively simple story takes something classic—an afternoon tea party between a girl and her grandfather—and tweaks it for a generation raised on touch screens. Saltzberg’s (A Little Bit of Oomph!) bouncy couplets and understated cartoons chronicle the daily ritual: “Every day at half past three.../ Me and Grandpa./ Time for tea./ I can pour so carefully./ Grandpa holds his cup for me.” Eagle-eyed kids may notice that the frizzy-haired girl and her vest-wearing grandfather are never pictured together, and even their backgrounds differ (hers is a lime green wash, while his is a pale blue). The final spread reveals why: Grandpa’s enjoying his tea on the flat-screen monitor of the girl’s computer. Mischievous pet antics add a dash of fun, but the focus is on the sweet bond between these two family members separated by distance. And with the merits and perils of e-books, apps, and screen time—especially with regard to children—the subject of near-constant debate, this book comes as a welcome reminder that technology isn’t all bad. Ages 3–7. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Apr.)
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"Simply charming!" - School Library Journal

"Mischievous pet antics add a dash of fun, but the focus is on the sweet bond between these two family members separated by distance." —Publishers Weekly

"The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg’s intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today’s far-flung families.' - Kirkus Reviews

"The timelessness of a tea party goes digital when a young girl and her grandfather find a creative way to connect despite being separated by distance  . . . This kind of relationship is one many kids can relate to, and the book is a great reminder that even though their grandparents may be far away, they are always close enough for tea." - Booklist

Children's Literature - Jeanna Potts
A little girl meets her grandfather every day at “half-past three” to have tea. While the girl pours the tea, the grandfather tells stories. They sing, talk, laugh, and enjoy their time together. The girl dances for her grandfather and even pretends to be a lion. The story ends with the two promising to meet the next day at the same time for tea. Tea time is their special time together. The author uses the seemingly simple interaction between the child and the grandfather to reveal the love they have for each other. Each page contains one sentence or phrase that describes the action, and there is a sentence rhyming pattern throughout the story. The author includes colorful, whimsical drawings that add to the playful scenes and will amuse young children. The book can be used in a classroom to enhance units that encourage spending time with and learning from grandparents or older people. This would be a good prelude to an “adopt a grandparent” nursing home visit. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—"Every day at half past three…Me and Grandpa. Time for tea." The child and her grandfather share stories, sing songs, drink tea, of course, and more. Fans of Saltzberg's beloved animal characters will be delighted that they join in the fun as well. Large print and simple vocabulary make this an ideal beginning reader, and a twist at the end will appeal to savvy readers. Bright pastels serve as background for the text, while Saltzberg's simple, cartoon pen-and-ink illustrations are washed with soft hues of coordinating colors. The endpapers are delightfully arrayed with the comical animal stars of the text drinking tea as well. Perfect for sharing about the love between children and their grandparents, a love that has no boundaries or conditions. Simply charming!—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together. Bespectacled Grandpa meets up with his curly-haired granddaughter "[e]very day at half past three" to spend time with each other. Tea is poured, stories are told, songs are sung, and much laughter is shared. Observant readers will notice the girl's pet cat and Grandpa's pup cavorting as the gentle vignettes go back and forth between the two characters. Pastel-hued illustrations in what look like watercolor with details drawn using fine black lines have a cheerful cartoon style. Each spread presents one page with a simple line or two of gently rhyming text opposite a vignette of either Grandpa or the little girl. Even though the background colors subtly change from green for the girl's scenes to pale blue for the grandfather's, few will predict the unexpected ending that increases this title's charm and timeliness. When Grandpa says, "I'd like some muffin," his granddaughter tells him he is "[t]oo far away." But on the following page, they almost clink their cups together against a pink, heart-shaped background and say their goodbyes face to face…through the computer. The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg's intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today's far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596438941
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 111,484
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the writer/illustrator of over thirty books including the Kisses series and Beautiful Oops. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and three dogs, where he writes, draws, and creates and sings songs for children. Barney and his wife mostly drink coffee but they have been known to drink a spot of tea from time to time as well.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    I first saw the trailer for ¿Tea with Grandpa¿ on twitter. After

    I first saw the trailer for “Tea with Grandpa” on twitter. After I saw it, I thought it looked cute so I put it on my “To Be Read” list.
    I thought it was cute. When I got the book and (here comes a spoiler!) and saw that the whole “tea party” was virtual – meaning the little girl and her grandpa were Skyping or doing a Google hangout or something similar, I thought the idea for the book was brilliant! You don’t know until the end that it’s all over the computer -very cool. There are a lot of kids who don’t live close to their grandparents and I think a lot of kids and parents can relate to this story.The rhyme in the book is wonderful and the soft illustrations go very well with the story.

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