Grandma's Gift

Grandma's Gift

by Eric Velasquez


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This prequel to Eric Velasquez's biographical picture book Grandma's Records is the story of a Christmas holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican Christmas celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift-a set of paints-to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A heart-warming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802735362
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 186,508
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

ERIC VELASQUEZ is the author and illustrator of Grandma's Records and the illustrator of The Piano Man, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and The Price of Freedom. He collaborated with Carole Boston Weatherford on I, Matthew Henson, which received four starred reviews, and Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, which received two starred reviews. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York.

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Grandma's Gift 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jebrou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this prequel to Grandma¿s Records (2001), Eric spends the winter holiday with his grandmother in New York City. Together, they shop, cook traditional dishes such as pasteles, and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they view Diego Velázquez¿s painting Juan de Pareja. The illustration capture the realistic faces of the subjects with a slight blurring of the surroundings in an oil painting style. The text is carefully placed to not interrupt the strokes of the paintings and includes Spanish phrases that make the book more authentic and real.