That's What Grandpas Are For

That's What Grandpas Are For

by Harriet Ziefert, Deborah Zemke
     
 

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"If we are late and miss the bus, Grandpa will drive us to schooleven if he hasn't shaved. That's what grandpas are for." "If my arms are empty, my grandchildren will fill them. That's what grandchildren are for." What makes a grandfather special to his grandchildren and his grandchildren special to their grandfather? It's the little things that matter in

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"If we are late and miss the bus, Grandpa will drive us to schooleven if he hasn't shaved. That's what grandpas are for." "If my arms are empty, my grandchildren will fill them. That's what grandchildren are for." What makes a grandfather special to his grandchildren and his grandchildren special to their grandfather? It's the little things that matter in this loving tribute to grandpas and grandkids everywhere. You'll love sharing this book with your own grandpa.

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Children's Literature
While this book stands on its own, it does have a companion: That's What Grandmas are For. The text opens with the grandchildren listing all the ways that grandpa helps them. He will drive them to school if they miss the buss, bait the hook on fishing trips, and happily discuss where in the world they could run away. The second part of the book is presented from grandpa's viewpoint. He remarks that there is always something to learn from the grandkids and that they love him even if he is grouchy and does not do everything perfectly. The generations seem to relate well, and I myself remember all the wonderful times I spent with my grandparents—one the lucky few to have them around until well into my forties. The other delightful facet of this book is that the grandparents are active, vibrant individuals. Grandpa has a computer and really only looks middle-aged. In this and the companion book, grandchildren fill the arms and lives of their grandparents. The only possible drawback is that many grandchildren do not live near their grandparents, so some of these everyday occurrences will not be a part of their lives. 2006, Blue Apple Books, Ages 2 to 7.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Everyone has seen the sweatshirts and house signs, "Grandchildren spoiled here." These titles are little more than book-sized restatements of that sticky-sweet sentiment. For example, "If I want pizza and Grandma would rather have Chinese food, she will eat pizza. That's what grandmas are for." "If I am dressed in jeans and an old shirt and Daddy wants me to put on clean clothes, or stay home, Grandpa will say I look fine and take me out to lunch anyway. That's what grandpas are for." Haley's paintings of cheery children (why shouldn't they be cheery, they always get their way) and adults reinforce this hymn to complete grandparental devotion. Platitude follows platitude. Try Kate Lum's What! Cried Granny (Puffin, 2002) or Douglas Wood's What Grandmas Can't Do (S & S, 2005) for a little humor to cut all the saccharine.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609051297
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert draws on her experience as the grandmother of four in writing this book.

Deborah Zemke has been drawing and painting since she was very young. She lives in Missouri with her husband, her daughter, and her two border collies.

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