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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An African American girl and her Grandaddy imagine many shared activities yet to come; PW noted, ``The joy the two characters have in each other's company is richly evoked by Soman's vivid, burnished watercolors.'' Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
The bond between grandparent and grandchild transcends time, and sometimes transcends an adult's sense of logic, reaching a deeper level of truth. In this story, a small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Grandaddy and will sit beside him in a rocking chair and talk about everything. They will go fishing, drink cool water from a jug, and play cards ``till the lightning bugs shine in the trees.'' The poignant reality that time will never allow these two to coexist at the same age is softened by the fact that they do not have to be the same age in order to share happy times. What the boy dreams of doing with his Grandaddy someday are the same things that they are doing now. This tender story is complemented by Soman's beautifully executed watercolors, which vibrate with life and love. The African-American child and grandfather are distinct individuals, yet also universal figures, recognizable to anyone who has ever shared the bond of family love across generations. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531084847
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1990
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.51 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson

    Excellent book!!! Wonderfully written. This is a very sweet story of a relationship between grandparent and grandchild. You will not regret buying this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    Wonderful book!

    This is a wonderful book! I bought it after it appeared as a suggested book to read in one of my school-aged kids' reading papers. I bought it sight unseen and pages unread and could not be more pleased! It has wonderful pictures and is a great story about a boy and his love of spending time with his grandfather. My one year old loves to listen to me read this book to her! Praises all the way!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Endearing tale

    Beatiful story about the friendship between a little girl and her grandfather what they will do together when she gets to be the same age as him. Told with a child's perspective and innocence about life, the little girl lists all of the activities her grandfather enjoys and tells him how much she will enjoy doing them together when she gets to be the same age. Sweet and cute.

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