What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best

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Grandmas can do lots of things, like paint with you, take you on a picnic, and teach you how to dance. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this Irresistible celebration of grandparents and the everyday things they do.
Grandpas can do lots of things, like play hide-and-seek, help you build a sand castle, and sing you a lullaby. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear In this irresistible ...

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Grandmas can do lots of things, like paint with you, take you on a picnic, and teach you how to dance. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this Irresistible celebration of grandparents and the everyday things they do.
Grandpas can do lots of things, like play hide-and-seek, help you build a sand castle, and sing you a lullaby. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear In this irresistible celebration of grandparents and the everyday things they do.

One side of this upside-down book celebrates all of the things grandmas do for their grandchildren. Turning the book over and around produces a similar celebration of grandpas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This companion to the immensely likable What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best is another two-in-one book: after finishing "What Grandmas Do Best," readers can flip the book over to find "What Grandpas Do Best." Again, Numeroff's straightforward text is identical for both segments (both grandmas and grandpas can "play hide-and-seek, make you a hat, and take you for a walk"). The fun lies in Munsinger's magnificently anthropomorphized animals, and the way each grandparent puts his or her spin on the words: Grandma Cat knits her grandkitten a fetching snow hat, while Grandpa Guinea Pig fashions a chapeau out of newspapers, tape and glue. Perhaps because her lead characters are senior citizens, this book is more subdued in tone than its predecessor; Numeroff seems not to have mined her considerable imagination as deeply for comic contrasts (both expected and unexpected) between male and female grandparents. Still, every spread radiates with the gentle and abiding affection that connects the generations. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
The list of what grandmas do best begins on one side of the book; what grandpas do best starts from the other side upside down, and they meet in the middle. The activities, ranging from playing and picnicking to napping, dancing, and singing lullabies, are simply stated and are the same for both. It is in the pictures of various anthropomorphic grandparents that the humor and the differences shine. And of course, what they all do best of all is "give you lots and lots of love." Munsinger has elephants and pigs among the represented males, and frogs and mice among the females. All are depicted with colored drawings of the loving pairs in the minimum settings. The contrasts in the same activities include Grandma's finger painting with Grandpa's easel and canvas; her neat sand castle with his more casual effort. Along with smiles, there's food for discussion in the differences. 2000, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6, $14.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Wonderful for quiet lap-sit storytimes with small children, this two-for-one picture book is split in half to tell the same simple story twice. With just a few words per page, the text communicates big concepts succinctly through lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations that differentiate one kind of fun from another. "Grandpas can paint with you" presents young readers with a seriously artistic, oil-and-easel grandfather pig, for example. But a visit with a grandmother gerbil on the other side of the book demonstrates another way to paint altogether. These warm, cheerful vignettes are sure to resonate with children. Many kinds of loving families appear throughout each 17-page story; elephants, dogs, monkeys, and frogs all share quality time with their loving relatives. Children will enjoy noticing the different ways to dance, have a picnic, or make a hat, and while they may find turning the book around to locate them a little awkward, it's a small price to pay for this charming introduction to the special times shared with grandparents.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Numeroff's grandmas and grandpas are lots of fun to be with in this charming flipflop book—grandmas on one side, grandpas on the other. What grandmas do best are the same activities that grandpas do best but they do them in different ways. Grandpa's picnic is a box of pizza on a city park bench; Grandma's is in a bucolic country setting. Grandma plays cards; Grandpa plays miniature golf. They both play hide and seek, make you a hat, take you for a walk, paint, show their photographs, and teach you to dance, among other things. The point of the book, of course, is that grandparents are important because they give you lots of love. Munsinger's (Tacky and the Emperor, p. 1041, etc.) watercolor and ink drawings are wonderfully funny and warm. Her animal grandparents and grandchildren come in every size and shape. Some are quite fashionable; others are frumpy. Some are older looking, some younger. Fox, mice, elephants, raccoons and dogs dressed and acting just like people enlarge and enhance the text with their amusing representation of loving adults and children enjoying each other's company. Grandparents (and their offspring) will love this one. (Picture book. 48)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689805523
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 112,790
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 70L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of the best-selling modern classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the popular What Mommies Do Best and its sequels. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lynn Munsinger was born in Massachusetts. She has illustrated more than ninety books for children — bringing Wodney Wat, Tacky the Penguin, a porcupine named Fluffy, the Teeny Tiny Ghost, and Ogden Nash's Custard the Dragon to charming life. Her watercolor illustrations have been praised for their "classic quality" (Publishers Weekly) and "mix of wry humor and affection" (Booklist).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Okay Read

    They love the fact that it is 2 books in one, but after reading a couple of times grandkids weren't that enthused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    A Great Gift from Young Grandchildren to Their Grandparents!

    With father's day coming up, what could be nicer than to surprise a grandfather with a gift from his grandchildren? . . . especially, since this book is also a great gift for grandmothers! If you are familiar with the brilliant book, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best, this book uses the same format. The book has two covers. One proclaims 'What Grandpas Do Best' and the other says 'What Grandmas Do Best.' Each is printed upside down of the other. One is the back cover for the other. Then the text for the two stories is exactly the same. But the illustrations are different. Each one proceeds from the appropriate cover, and they meet upside down in the middle. Each text encourages grandchildren to be aware of new activities that they can do with their grandparents. Since each grandparent is handled separately, this avoids any uncomfortable problems if a grandparent has passed away. Your child just get to love the remaining grandparent twice as much! Do be prepared for having grandparents and grandchildren represented as animals. That's quite a clever way to make the story more interesting, and to provide an excuse if a grandparent cannot or does not want to do something. 'That's only what bulldogs do!' 'Grandmas/Grandpas . . . can play hide-and-seek.' ' . . . make you a hat, then take you for a walk.' Grandmas are foxes (not bad!) and grandpas are guinea pigs (hmmm). 'Grandpas/Grandmas . . . can paint with you, show you their photographs, and teach you how to dance.' Grandpas are pigs (ugh!) and grandmas are mice (hmmm). 'Grandmas/Grandpas . . . can take you on a picnic, show you some magic tricks, and help you fly a kite.' Grandmas are frogs (whew) and grandpas are elephants. 'Grandpas/Grandmas . . . can take you to the beach, help you build a sand castle, and take a nap with you.' Grandpas are bulldogs (ugly!) and grandmas are raccoons (cute!). 'Grandmas/Grandpas . . . can play games with you, give you a bath, and sing you a lullaby.' Grandmas are Scottie dogs (nice!) and grandpas are chimpanzees (hilarious!). 'But best of all, Grandpas/Grandmas can give you lots and lots of love.' This text has an illustration of all five animal types for each grandparent and grandchild combination. I think the grandmas got the slightly better deal here, but you can all laugh just the same. The illustrations are charming and will provide the basis for lots of little jokes with your grandchild. If the grandparent lives at a distance, you might buy two books (one for the grandparents and one for the grandchildren) so that they can be read over the telephone while the young grandchild follows along. You, as a parent, can also read the book to your children, as well. Just warn the grandparents of what they are likely to be asked to do next! Seriously, many grandchildren aren't quite sure what they are supposed to do with grandparents they don't see very often. This book can really help with that, especially for clinging children who are reluctant to leave their mothers due to insecurity. Have a family where everyone enjoys each other . . . with a little encouragement from this book and from you! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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    Posted December 15, 2008

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