Garmann's Summer

Garmann's Summer

Hardcover(New Edition)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802853394
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 42
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Stian Hole is a Norwegian author and illustrator whose Garmann books have garnered considerable acclaim in North America. His Garmann's Summer won a BolognaRagazzi Award, a Batchelder Award Honor, and an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and it made the IBBY Honour List for 2010.

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Garmann's Summer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kowasuza on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Unusual award winning book that pushes the boundries of picture books with illustrations that combine photographs, drawings and collages to create the feeling of magical realism. Garmann's sixth summer is coming to an end and his three elderly aunts come to visit his family. Since Garmann is nervous about going to school, he askes this aunts as well as his parents what they are afraid of and receives very candid answers. He thinks about fear and change and life and death. His family's frank answers to his questions help him understand that everyone is scared about something. While he is still scared at the end of the story, he seems a bit more comfortable with his fears. This story would be great to talk about with children aged 5-7. I am not sure how it would work in a group setting, but it would work well individually so the reader could talk about fears with the child.
danusia on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Garmann's sixth summer is told through real photo/collage type graphics, humorous, detailed huge full page illustrations. Eye catching details,( grandma with wings flying Garmann's x-ray with butterflies in stomach). Book clearly illustrates the thoughts and fantasies and misunderstandings of a child's mind. Reading level is high enough to be challenging and language level is informative without being too difficult to understand. Lovely, lovely book.
Lillian3 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book won't appeal to everyone ... but I loved it. It is hard to find children's books that talk about fear ... the fact that we are all afraid of something (fear of new things, fear of endings ... death, fear of change in general) but this covers all the above in a very sweet, child appropriate fashion by exploring the thoughts of one little 6 year old boy during the yearly visit from his ancient aunts on the eve of his first day of school. The art work reminds me of Monty Python cartoons.
jcloke on LibraryThing 10 months ago
* AWARD WINNER * "Garmann's Summer" won the "Batchelder Honor Book Award" for 2009/2010. I liked reading this story mostly because of the comparisons the author makes. For example the author compares a tree's branches to crooked fingers pointing at the sky. Although the concepts are intermediaet, I think this story would be a good read aloud for elementary students. The "three Aunts" in teh story are absolutely hilarious. You can see their pictures and predict exactly their personalities. I also like how the book introduces some words that may be new to intermediate students. Words like rheumatism, hernias, furrows and hovers. I think that the book is fairly educational and would be challenging to even an avid reader in elemenatry school. Sometimes I think intermediate students still like to read picture books and this would be a good one to try for them.
welkinscheek on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Strangely beautiful illustrations mixing photographs with collage and paint. Garmann asks his family, including his three elderly aunts what they are afraid of as he gets ready to starts school.