When We Married Gary

When We Married Gary

by Anna Grossnickle Hines
     
 

"Sarah doesn't remember her father, but knows that her sister, Beth, still misses him at times. And then one day Gary enters the picture, and suddenly the table is being set for four again. Hines has done a superb job of tackling a realistic subject—remarriage—without oversimplifying it. She runs through the gamut of emotions that come when someone new…  See more details below

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"Sarah doesn't remember her father, but knows that her sister, Beth, still misses him at times. And then one day Gary enters the picture, and suddenly the table is being set for four again. Hines has done a superb job of tackling a realistic subject—remarriage—without oversimplifying it. She runs through the gamut of emotions that come when someone new enters the household....Illustrations convey warmth and emotions, blending effectively to help create the joy and happiness that exude from this book."—School Library Journal.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hines (Rumble Thumble Boom!) draws on her own experiences for this insightful and finely articulated story, narrated by a girl who represents Hines's own daughter at the age of five. "It used to be just Mama, Beth, and me," she says. But "then we got Gary," and before long "we" marry Gary, a forest ranger who is sometimes impatient and sometimes playful, yet always loving. Building her story around the narrator's observation that she, her mother and sister are like a puzzle and "Our daddy didn't fit with us, but Gary does," Hines creates an age-appropriate and genial portrait of a family. At book's end, snapshot-like illustrations provide an endearing update, marking the arrival of a new puppy and a new baby sister. With its slightly static compositions and underdeveloped figures, Hines's art is less accomplished than her text, but clearly just as personal. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Young Sarah tells us about the adjustments that her family experiences as they enter into a second marriage. She sums up the whole with one very honest line that only a five-year-old would be wise enough to philosophize. "I think it's kind of like we're a puzzle - Mama, Beth and me. Our daddy didn't fit with us, but Gary does." With simple and understandable text and illustrations, When We Married Gary will touch the lives of many people who have been in very similar situations.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Sarah doesn't remember her father, but knows that her sister, Beth, still misses him at times. And then one day Gary enters the picture, and suddenly the table is being set for four again. Hines has done a superb job of tackling a realistic subject-remarriage-without oversimplifying it. She runs through the gamut of emotions that come when someone new enters a household. It is obvious that Gary loves Beth and Sarah, and feels comfortable enough to not always be on "good behavior." He sometimes gets cross with them, just as any parent would, and sometimes treats them specially, just as any parent would. The watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations convey warmth and emotion, blending effectively with the text to help create the joy and happiness that exude from this book. Its message is a happy one-a family has opened its arms to love a new member. The perfect marriage of text and illustrations make this a fine choice for any collection.-Lisa Marie Gangemi, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Carolyn Phelan
The little girl who tells this story lived with just her mother and her older sister until "we married Gary." She knows her sister remembers their father and misses him sometimes, but she doesn't remember. As she sees it "I think it's kind of like we're a puzzle--Mama, Beth, and me. Our daddy didn't fit with us, but Gary does." Although their stepfather gets impatient with the girls sometimes, clearly he loves them, and clearly he's a full member of this family. The story is not particularly eventful, but it will hold young children with its honest depiction of a family. Once again, Hines gets the child's perspective and the emotional tone of the story just right. A charming illustrated endnote shows readers this story is a true one, with a real-life happy ending.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688142766
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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