When the coolest kid in the class drops by David's house after school, David is worried about how popular, zany Ruben Plotnick will react upon meeting unpredictable Grandma Rosie. Will he make fun of her to his classmates? Will he imitate her whispery voice? What will he do if Grandma Rosie suddenly wants to dance? To his surprise, and relief, David learns that although Ruben may be a joker, he has an instant rapport with Grandma Rosie and accepts her odd behavior. In fact, when Grandma Rosie calls out, "Nate, let's waltz!" Ruben gallantly and proudly dances around the kitchen with her. This heartwarming story of senility and school-age embarrassment reveals the importance of looking beneath the surface to really get to know someone. By accepting Grandma with all of her quirks, Ruben shows that he has a warm heart and can be a true friend.
About the Author
Roz Rosenbluth is the author of numerous children's books including Hungry Bear and Nettie's Spaghetti. Her fiction has appeared in Cricket and Highlights magazines, and she was the winner of the 2000 Highlights magazine humor contest. She has also held editorial positions at Bantam Books and the National Education Association. She lives in New Rochelle, New York. Maurie J. Manning is the illustrator of three books, including The Aunts Go Marching, a 2004 IRA Notable Book and Scholastic Pick of the Month. She lives in Berkeley, California.
What People are Saying About This
"[This book] waltzed into my heart and touched it in a way that no other children's book has."
"All of us should get to know . . . Getting To Know Ruben Plotnick . . . . This is a story about real family values, compassion for others and how kids are often smarter than we think. Hats off to Ruben Plotnick!"
author, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick, by Roz Rosenbluth, waltzed into my heart and touched it in a way that no other illustrated picture book has. Its main character, David, has two people in his life whom he adores. One is the zany Ruben Plotnick, also known as the coolest kid in his class. The other is his dear Grandma Rosie, whose aging has her occasionally behave in unexpected, sometimes weird ways. Even though (or maybe because) he loves them both, David would rather that they not meet. But meet they do, and wait until you see what happens when the paths of silly and senility cross. Realistically illustrated by Maurie J. Manning, the dancing scene in particular jumps off the page, transforming living rooms, classrooms, and bedrooms alike into ballrooms. I think you'll agree that Ruben Plotnick is a cool character kid that you'll love getting to know!
I have taught Elementary School children for many years, and have rarely come across a book as enticing and loving as 'Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick'. I am so glad to have discovered it.
I read 'Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick' to my three grandchildren with the eye of a retired elementary school teacher and the son-in-law of their 97 year old grandmother. I found the book well written, worthwhile and a wonderful lesson for the children. They also enjoyed the book. They know that grandmas are sometimes strange but always lovable as is beautifully written and illustrated in this book. I certainly recommend this children's book to all youngsters to read themselves or to be read to.