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When Grampa Kissed His Elbow

When Grampa Kissed His Elbow

by Cynthia DeFelice, Karl Swanson
     
 
When Grampa kissed his elbow and turned himself from a little girl into a boy, the world was a magical place. A pixie lived under Grampa's porch then. Could it still be there? During her summer in the country with Grampa, Maggie decides to find out. Every night she leaves a treat for the pixie. Every morning the food disappears, and Maggie waits for something special

Overview

When Grampa kissed his elbow and turned himself from a little girl into a boy, the world was a magical place. A pixie lived under Grampa's porch then. Could it still be there? During her summer in the country with Grampa, Maggie decides to find out. Every night she leaves a treat for the pixie. Every morning the food disappears, and Maggie waits for something special to happen.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- This offering by the author of such wonderful books as Weasel (1990) and The Dancing Skeleton (1989, both Macmillan) falls short. The premise is that Grampa was a little girl when he was younger until he kissed his elbow and turned into a boy. That is the last readers hear of this intrigue until the final page when the granddaughter, recalling her visit with him, wonders if she will ever be able to kiss her elbow. The gentle story in between, however, tells how Grampa, as a ``little girl,'' used to leave treats for the pixie that lived under the porch, and then wait for magic to happen. It never failed. His granddaughter tries it with similar results: she catches a trout by tickling it; she sees thousands of mayflies hatch. She's not sure these wonderments are all due to pixie magic, but she does realize that she and her grandfather have discovered the magic of nature. Softly toned acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations enhance the dreamlike quality of the book. Swanson's realistic style effectively communicates the quiet, peaceful feeling for which the text strives, but the characters--especially the child--look different in each drawing. However, children may enjoy this touching piece once they get beyond the confusing beginning. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027264555
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/31/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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