Sarah also learns she has many "Great" ancestors and everyone in her family "grows on trees". She can't wait to get to the next headstone so Grandma can tell her more.
Based on a true story about the author's relatives, "Family Angels" will draw children in with the history lessons and family tree basics that Grandma conveys.
Children will discover cemeteries are places that make history come alive when they are told fun stories about past generations. They will start asking questions so they can learn about their own family angels.
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By Karen Boyden Crum
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Karen Boyden Crum
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Chapter OneFlowers, flowers everywhere! Why does Grandma have so many flowers wondered Sarah as she watched her grandmother put together bouquets of pretty flowers. Maybe she's going to a party thought Sarah as Grandma placed the flowers in a basket and carried them outside. "I love parties! Wait for me!" shouted Sarah as she dashed out the door after Grandma.
They arrived after a short drive and Sarah was very disappointed. There was no party, no balloons, only cold gray stones that stood behind a big black fence. "Grandma, why are we here?" whispered Sarah as they got out of the car and started walking down a path. Grandma carried the basket of flowers and said they came to visit family angels. "Angels?" Sarah thought suspiciously. She remembered the scary cemetery stories she'd heard and stuck close to Grandma.
Soon, Grandma stopped in front of a headstone. "Meet Margaret, your great grandmother, my mother. She became a family angel before you were born. She played the piano." "Just like me?" Sarah smiled. "Yes, just like you," Grandma replied as she placed a bouquet of flowers by the headstone. "Next to her is my father, Robert, your great grandfather." "I remember Grandpa Robert. He let me wear his Navy hat and taught me how to salute. We went to his house on 4th of July and ate home-made ice cream and watched fireworks," Sarah said as she laid down some flowers. "That's right, and now he's a family angel too."
"This headstone is for Robert's father, Edwin, your great, great grandfather. He owned a dairy farm and his milk was the best in town," Grandma told her. "I like milk, but cows are smelly," Sarah said while wrinkling her nose. "Yes, they can be smelly," laughed Grandma as she set down one of the bouquets. "Grandpa Edwin took great care of his cows and loved delivering milk to friends and neighbors. People would put their empty milk bottles on their front porch with a note telling Edwin how many full bottles to bring the next day. Sometimes they even left cookies for him." "I like cookies with my milk too, Grandma. Why didn't they just call Grandpa Edwin on the phone to tell him what they wanted?" asked Sarah.
"They couldn't call him because very few people had telephones in those days." "Are you kidding, Grandma? Not even cell phones?" "Not even cell phones. When Grandpa Edwin was very young, there were no phones at all." "His mother couldn't call or text her friends?" Sarah was shocked. "No she couldn't. She had to write letters and send them through the mail."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great idea for a children's book and the author carries it off beautifully. The book turns a young girl's potentially scary and mysterious trip to the cemetary into a fun adventure, where she learns about the lives of her relatives who have passed away, giving her a better sense of he she is and where she came from. Kudos for a great idea, excellently crafted by Karen Boyden Crum, with outstanding illustrations by Stephen Adams. Highly recommended!
I am a friend of the authors son so I know she has excellent family moral and values in life as well as in her book. I purchased the book right away and am so happy with it. I have read it multiple times to my own grandchildren and they also really enjoyed it. It brought great conversation and the opportunity to teach the kids about our family tree. Excellent book for all children,
Great book with outstanding moral thoughts. Great way to get children to think about where their family came from, and also teach them about family members they had never met. Great for a classroom, reading group, bedtime, or just a fun read on a rainy day.