The Veterans Day Visitor

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Emily’s Pop-Pop is shocked when he hears that Emily and Vincetta Louise don’t know what a veteran is. With Veterans Day coming up, he volunteers to talk to their class about the holiday and the people it honors. But Emily is worried. Pop-Pop sometimes falls asleep at the strangest times. What if he falls asleep in front of the whole class? Everyone would laugh!

Vinni and Emily come up with a plan. With so much to learn, they have to make sure ...

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Overview

Emily’s Pop-Pop is shocked when he hears that Emily and Vincetta Louise don’t know what a veteran is. With Veterans Day coming up, he volunteers to talk to their class about the holiday and the people it honors. But Emily is worried. Pop-Pop sometimes falls asleep at the strangest times. What if he falls asleep in front of the whole class? Everyone would laugh!

Vinni and Emily come up with a plan. With so much to learn, they have to make sure that no one sleeps through this Veterans Day!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
One wants to like this book—it so clearly has its heart in the right place. The storyline follows a second-grade girl whose grandfather comes to her class for Veteran's Day. Unfortunately, the book cannot quite decide what it is really about. Is it about overcoming fears? Is it about honoring veterans? Is it about narcolepsy? Is it about being embarrassed by relatives who act strangely? There is just no clear thematic focus or emotional center. The illustrations do not help much. While expressive, they are awkward and simply not very attractive. All in all, it is unlikely that many young readers will find this book compelling. Reviewer: Barbara Carroll Roberts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805078404
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Second Grade Friends Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 956,764
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER CATALANOTTO is the author/illustrator of many books for children. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

PAMELA SCHEMBRI is a librarian in upstate New York. This is her first series for young readers.

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Chapter One

Emily never jumped in leaves.

They were dirty.

They might be wet.

Bugs crawled in them.

At Emily’s grandparents’ house, there were piles and piles of leaves. Emily and her best friend, Vinni, were visiting after school on a sunny November day.

“Watch me!” Vinni shouted. She ran and jumped into a mountain of leaves.

Emily wrinkled her nose. “Aren’t they itchy?”

“No!” said Vinni. “It’s fun!”

“Ick,” said Emily.

Vinni shook her head. “You are so weird.” She threw a bunch of leaves at Emily.

Emily laughed.

“You know, girls, different people like different things.” Emily and Vinni stopped. Emily’s Pop-Pop was standing behind them. He leaned against his rake.

“For example, you, Vincetta—”

“Vinni,” interrupted Vinni.

Pop-Pop started again. “For example, you, Vinni”—he pointed right at her— “you like wearing fancy hair clips, fancy shoes, and fancy pants.”

“So does Emily,” Vinni said.

“Exactly,” said Pop-Pop. “Without the hair clips.”

“So how is that different?” Emily asked.

Pop-Pop stroked his chin. “No hair clips.”

Vinni’s mouth was open. She raised one eyebrow and looked at Emily. Emily shrugged. The girls waited.

“You know,” said Pop-Pop, “it’s good that people are different. For example, next Monday is Veterans Day.” Pop-Pop loved to talk. “Different people will celebrate in different ways. Some people will hang a flag. Some will go to a parade. Others will remember loved ones quietly at home.”

“What’s a veteran?” asked Emily.

“It’s a doctor for dogs,” said Vinni.

“That’s a veterinarian,” said Emily.

Pop-Pop was shocked. He put down his rake. “You don’t know?” He pointed at both of them. “You don’t know about the people who helped keep our country free? Don’t you ... I can’t believe ... second grade?”

Suddenly Pop-Pop stopped talking.

His knees buckled.

The girls couldn’t move.

He bit his lip. He steadied himself.

“I need to lie down.” Pop-Pop went to the hammock and fell fast asleep.

Excerpted from The Veterans Day Visitor by Peter Catalanotto and Pamela Schembri
Copyright © 2008 by Peter Catalanotto and Pamela Schembri
Published in 2008 by Henry Holt and Company, LLC
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    If you are looking for a story that honors the patriotism of our

    If you are looking for a story that honors the patriotism of our dear veterans, look somewhere other than this book! I ordered two copies for my grandchildren, since they have a Pop-Pop in their lives who is a veteran. In addition to a strange storyline (narcolepsy; really?? Was it necessary to bring this into a book for young readers??), the author misses the mark when it comes to describing the call of duty for so many brave men and women.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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