When a Grandpa Says "I Love You"

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Discover all the wonderful ways grandfathers show grandchildren their love in this heartwarming companion to When a Dad Says “I Love You.

Everyone knows grandpas are best at spoiling their grandkids, but it’s just because they love them so much! Whether by attending a tea party or getting an extra scoop of ice cream, there is nothing grandpas won’t do to say “I love you!”

From bestselling author Douglas Wood and illustrator Jennifer A. Bell, a...

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Overview

Discover all the wonderful ways grandfathers show grandchildren their love in this heartwarming companion to When a Dad Says “I Love You.

Everyone knows grandpas are best at spoiling their grandkids, but it’s just because they love them so much! Whether by attending a tea party or getting an extra scoop of ice cream, there is nothing grandpas won’t do to say “I love you!”

From bestselling author Douglas Wood and illustrator Jennifer A. Bell, a clever and cozy tribute to the special bond between grandfather and grandchild.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Showing love can be much more powerful than expressing it in words. Whether a granddad is teaching, sharing, watching, cheering, or keeping a child safe, it's important to understand that those activities reveal how deeply he cares. A variety of grandfather/grandchild scenarios, including squirrels, pandas, koalas, hippos, and owls all reveal the same thing: Grandpas love their grandchildren and communicate their love in a multitude of ways. Holding hands on a walk, teaching shoelace tying, showing and sharing a coin collection, playing old and new games, and dancing and reading together are a few of the examples displayed in Bell's joyful, softly hued pencil illustrations. With an "actions speak louder than words" theme, the grandfathers depicted here speak volumes and confirm the importance of spending quality time with their grandchildren. Similar in tone to the author's When a Dad Says "I Love You" (S. & S., 2013), this charming title celebrates intergenerational relationships.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-04
"When a Grandpa says ‘I love you,' / he doesn't always say it / in the regular way. / That would be just a little too…regular."Wood and Bell's follow-up to When a Dad Says "I Love You" (2013) features anthropomorphic grandpa-kid pairs of animals demonstrating all the various unregular ways grandpas can say "I love you." They might try to teach you to wink, though it usually only results in a blink. They might repeatedly teach you to tie your shoes. He might say it "by buying you / a double-scoop ice-cream cone / on a hot summer day. / And then by helping you eat it / if it melts too fast." He might teach you to throw a special pitch or pretend to love your tea at a tea party. He might teach you to play old-fashioned games like checkers or try to learn a newfangled game on the computer. "But most of all, a grandpa says / ‘I love you' just by being… // Your grandpa!" This appealing—but free of saccharine—exploration of that special intergenerational relationship would be great for Grandparents Day or just an "I love you" storytime. Bell's softly smudgy, crosshatched pencil illustrations show animal grandpas and kids in a bounty of recognizable, everyday situations.It's hard not to love this one—just like an indulgent grandpa. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689815126
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 197,392
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Wood is the author of When a Dad Says “I Love You,” When a Grandpa Says “I Love You, The Secret of Saying Thanks, and A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can’t Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. Additional titles include No One But You, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed The World, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Where the Sunrise Begins, illustrated by K.Wendy Popp. Douglas lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, he shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.

Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found on greeting cards, in magazines, and in over a dozen children's books. She lives with her husband, son, and cranky cat in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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