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The Grannyman
     

The Grannyman

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by Judy Schachner, Schachner (Illustrator), Judith Byron
 

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Simon is a very old cat.  He has had a wonderful life chasing butterflies, eating houseplants, and even playing the piano.  His family adores him and they do everything they can to keep him comfortable.  Now that he is old, Simon feels useless.  Then one day his family drops something small and soft on his tummy-a tiny kitten!  There is so

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Simon is a very old cat.  He has had a wonderful life chasing butterflies, eating houseplants, and even playing the piano.  His family adores him and they do everything they can to keep him comfortable.  Now that he is old, Simon feels useless.  Then one day his family drops something small and soft on his tummy-a tiny kitten!  There is so much the kitten needs to learn about the world, and Simon is happy to teach him. Suddenly Simon has a lot to do!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This story...is a pleasure from the ends of its whiskers to the tip of its tail." -Publishers Weekly

"Schachner's warm, emotional, text is echoed in her softly colored illustrations.  An endearingly sentimental tale." -School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
"Simon was an old cat." So begins this moving and celebratory story of a cat. From the opening sentence, readers are set up to fall in love with Simon, the cat--and they do. They love him despite his blindness, his messiness, and the impositions his aged behavior puts on his loving family. As readers get to know Simon's history through the eyes of his family, they get a sense of the kind of cat Simon really is. At the story's end, when Simon's rejuvenation is at hand, readers cheer the spirit that still breathes within the old cat. This beautifully told and lovingly illustrated picture book is a treasure that will speak equally eloquently to cat lovers and families with beloved aged relatives.
Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Blind, deaf, and extremely arthritic, Simon, an elderly Siamese cat, is ready to call it quits after a long and happy life of furniture scratching, plant pruning, and mouse catching. Despite his family's deep love (they even submitted to "stinky old cat breath" in their faces when Simon chose to share their beds), his independent spirit becomes depressed as he needs more and more help in his daily life. Suspecting his decision to give up on life, his family plops a new kitten on his chest, and Simon puts his own worries on the back burner. Rejuvenated, he shows the kitten the facts of life at the milk saucer and the litter box. As his nurturing skills emerge, his loving family nicknames him "the Grannyman." Schachner's warm, emotional text is echoed in her softly colored illustrations, clearly depicting the contrast between joyous young Simon (seen in flashbacks) and his diminished elderly self. Owners of aged pets will surely "Aw!" at Simon's plight and resurrection. An endearingly sentimental tale.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Schachner (Mr. Emerson's Cook, 1998, etc.), a book tailored to cat lovers, as those best versed to appreciate the many subtle feline endearments caught in these pages. Simon is an aged Siamese: "With the exception of his nose, most of his parts had stopped working long ago." He shuffles about the house and is treated as royalty by the family who cares for him. He regales readers with the life he has so richly lived: the "fluffy works of art" he sculpted out of the back of the sofa, the plants he pruned, and children he taught to be good cats. He supposes that the time has come for him to sail off into the great unknown, until his family deposits a bundle—a Siamese kitten—in his lap. As Simon shows the kitten the ropes, he figures there is no need to make his exit just yet, and earns the new name, Grannyman, for his parenting skills. Schachner's artwork is tender and apt, capturing nuances in the postures struck, the cock of the head, the bend of the tail. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142500620
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
733,153
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"This story...is a pleasure from the ends of its whiskers to the tip of its tail." -Publishers Weekly

"Schachner's warm, emotional, text is echoed in her softly colored illustrations. An endearingly sentimental tale." -School Library Journal

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The Grannyman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a children's book that adults will appreciate more. Older adults will especially be able to relate to Simon. Judy Schachner tells the story in simple language, but still touches the reader. I love the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We picked this book up at the library because of the cat picture on the front cover. Little did I know how hard it would be to read! I teared up on every page!! It is an incredible story that anyone who has loved and cherished a pet would enjoy. I went right out and bought us our own copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever had a grumpy old Siamese cat knows that the whole family can cater to them, but nothing perks them up like new blood. Beautiful, bright drawings.