Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyChronicling a grandmother's preparations for her grandson's meal, this straightforward story celebrates the basic comforts found in food and sharing. Blos's soothing text describes a grandma's sure-footed movements as she asembles her feast-a peanut butter sandwich, a carrot, cookies, an apple and some milk to wash it down-then watches the boy as he eats contentedly. Rendered in thick brushstrokes and bright colors, Schutzer's (A Million Fish... More or Less) swirling oils add warmth to the brief text, creating a true sense of one family's camaraderie. Ages 18 mos.-3 yrs. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Trina HeidtA very simple story about a special moment shared between a little boy and his grandmother. As Grandmother prepares lunch for the hungry little boy, toddlers can follow along and practice object and number recognition. (I say number recognition because the numbers used in the book are not in sequential order, which can be confusing to those just learning to count.) Schultzer's brightly colored oil paintings, though not spectacular, are quite possibly the brightest part of this simple story.
School Library JournalPreS-This simple story relates an experience recognizable to many young children. Beginning with ``Once there was a hungry little boy'' and progressing through the making and eating of a typical peanut-butter sandwich and carrot-stick lunch, the book ends happily with the boy and his grandmother going outside to play. The narrative is brought vividly to life by Schutzer's double-page, naive oil paintings, which show the characters as they play, make lunch, and eat. The picture narration begins before the story, as the child plays alone with his train set on both the title and dedication pages. The front endpaper shows the elements of the meal, except for the apple, which the boy saves for later. The back endpaper seems empty until readers lift the flap of the book jacket to discover the hidden piece of fruit. A fine choice for preschool collections.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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