When You Visit Grandma and Grandpa

When You Visit Grandma and Grandpa

by Anne Bowen

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Whatever the season, a girl tells her toddler brother, a visit to Grandma and Grandpa means, "You will have the best time ever!" Bowen's (I Loved You Before You Were Born) direct, heartfelt prose and Bogacki's (My First Garden) cozy compositions ensure this is no empty promise. Grandma and Grandpa are impressively spry: When the spring rains keep everyone inside, Grandpa does magic tricks ("He makes a penny disappear inside a blue hankie, and pulls yellow daisies from an old black hat"), and when the sky clears, Grandma loves to "splash-dance" through puddles." The book's structure is equally playful. Before the girl describes the fun of each season, she regales her brother with a different aspect of the journey to her grandparents' house (the pre-dawn wake-up, the way her pulse quickens when their house is in sight), elevating the car ride into a quest-like adventure. Bogacki further shakes things up by breaking most of his spreads into triptychs depicting different time frames. As the young narrator describes the way snow on the old house's porch looks "like Grandma's buttercream frosting," he depicts the girl creating a blizzard of torn paper for her enthralled brother in their living room, taking a snowy walk with Grandma and molding a snowball from the flakes on her grandparents' porch railing. A touching testimony to the deliciousness of anticipation and intergenerational love. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is the first time baby brother is going to go visit his grandparent's house so his older sister helps him prepare by telling him exactly what to expect on their trip. She cautions him that the ride in the car will be long but time will pass more quickly with games and books. The wait will be worth it, she tells him, because once they arrive at Grandma and Grandpa's, they will have the best time ever. She continues describing to her brother all the wonderful things they will get to do, like splash dance through puddles with Grandma, and sitting with Grandpa on the porch to watch the fireflies in the moonlight. This sweet story depicts a helpful and caring older sister and celebrates grandparents and the simple pleasures that can be gained by spending time with them. The illustrations are whimsical and bring this story to life in a softly beautiful way. 2004, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group, Ages 3 to 8.
—Jennifer Chambliss
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A girl tells her new baby brother how to prepare for the long car ride and what to expect when they arrive at their grandparents' house. Her rendition includes something about every season, concluding that "ANYTIME is the BEST TIME" to visit. The telling is succinct and the words flow rhythmically. Together with the softly colored illustrations full of curving lines, the book introduces readers to a comfortable, loving experience. Each spread pictures up to three events, in a series that expands on the text. Lines between pictures are not defined, also leading to a soft, soothing feeling. Pair this title with Sheila Hamanaka's Grandparents Song (HarperCollins, 2003) for a more diverse grandparent experience; Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came (Atheneum, 1985) for a broader spectrum of relatives; Mariesa Oxford's Going to Grandma's (Raintree, 1992; o.p.), in which a child anticipates visiting her grandparents' farm; and Judith Caseley's Grandpa's Garden Lunch (Greenwillow, 1990), in which a girl helps tend her grandparents' garden and then eats lunch made from its produce.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl preps her baby brother for his first visit to their grandparents, sharing travel tips for the long car ride as well as favorite memories of prior visits. Books, games, crayons, and singing help pass hours in the back seat and at journey's end Grandma and Grandpa wait with the promise of the best time ever. In spring Grandpa performs magic tricks and in winter he builds big snow forts. In summer Grandma plays hide-and-seek and in fall she carves scary jack-o'-lanterns. Soft, gentle illustrations progress from dawn car-loading in the city to dusk arrival in the country, alternating vignettes of the journey with snapshots of Grandma and Grandpa at play. Effectively evokes the anticipation and joy of a childhood visit to grandparents. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Carolrhoda Picture Books Series
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
AD1250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Bower was inspired to write I Loved You Before You Were Born while she waited for and wondered about her first grandchild. She has been a teacher for twenty-five years, working with both hearingimpaired and hearing children, and was chosen as the 1996-1997 Utah Language Arts Teacher of the Year. Ms. Bowen is passionate about reading and enjoys sharing her love of literature and beautiful language with her students. She has two sons and one granddaughter and lives with her husband in Ogden, Utah.

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