What Grandpas Do Best

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Grandpas can do lots of things, like teach you how to dance, show you some magic tricks, and play games with you. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible mini-celebration of grandpas and the wonderful everyday things they do.

Animal grandpas share a variety of activities with their grandchildren, from playing ...

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Overview

Grandpas can do lots of things, like teach you how to dance, show you some magic tricks, and play games with you. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible mini-celebration of grandpas and the wonderful everyday things they do.

Animal grandpas share a variety of activities with their grandchildren, from playing hide-and-seek and making a hat to helping build a sand castle and singing a lullaby.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The original book was a list of what grandmas do best that began on one side of the book, while what grandpas do best started from the other side upside down, and they met in the middle. It has now has been reproduced as two separate smaller booksÂľWhat Grandmas Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best. 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 same activities are contrasted, including Grandma's finger painting with Grandpa's easel and canvas; her neat sand castle with his more casual effort. Along with smiles, there is food for discussion in the differences. 2000, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $14.00. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689847011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: MINIATURE
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff
Laura Numeroff is well known as the author of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and the flipbook, What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her horse Otis.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

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Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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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
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