Grandpa Green

Grandpa Green

by Lane Smith
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Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

A Caldecott Honor Book

From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a Caldecott Honor-winning timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.

Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten.

In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it's a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.

This title has Common Core connections.

Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Books title for 2011.

One of School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596436077
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 187,139
Product dimensions: 11.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including picture books There Is A Tribe Of Kids; John, Paul, George & Ben; Madam President; and middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble . He is the author and illustrator of 2012 Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green, and the New York Times bestseller It's a Book, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. Lane's titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor-winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky;The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated the retro, cult favorites, The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country. Like the Hocky family, he and book designer Molly Leach live in a little town in the country.

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Grandpa Green 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Denise185 More than 1 year ago
This is a charming tale about a grandfather who is very special in the eyes of his grandson. He has lived through a great deal of history, and now is quite a unique landscape gardener. Parents as well as children will delight in Lane Smith's beautiful drawings! Enjoy!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, is about a grandpa who created a garden of his life. When a boy, the great grandchild of Grandpa Green, walks through the garden. He sees all of the events that happened in his great grandpa’s life. The grandpa, the main character of the story, loves to garden, as you can see in the book. He seems as if he also ia a little clumsy, because he leaves some of his things on ground. The boy is walking through his grandpa’s garden and looking at all of the shrubs. The topiary creates shapes of animals, trees, and people. Could the kid be looking at his future? This book is a picture book and is easy to read, but to really understand the book you need to be older. The book is for third graders and older, a younger kid would have troubles decoding it. For example the book is very deep, a young child would not be able to understand the deepness. The conflict of this book is that the grandpa is very forgetful. He leaves many of his gardening tools around the great garden. I know this because in the book it says “he used to remember everything.” This tells us two very important facts about this character. One is that he is really getting very old. Two is that he must have made the garden to remember everything. I can tell that the boy who is walking the garden must be the person who is telling the story. I can see that from when it states“They had kids, way more grandkids and a great-grandkid like me.” The word me shows that he is the narrator. This also makes it obvious that the boy is the narrator. The garden is very beautiful and also clever. There are so many details in the paintings. The colors that the illustrator uses are green, yellow, brown, black, red, pink, and blue. All of the different colors are hidden in the book, but if you are looking for them, they are easy to spot out. I saw myself looking at the background that explains the grandpa’s life more than at the boy. For instance, on the page where the grandpa got chicken pox, I caught myself looking at the background and not the boy that much. I looked at the background because This told me even more that the grandpa is the main character. The characters in the book are painted with ink and a brush. The garden was made with oil and digital paint. The trees are lined with pen so that it looks realistic. It seems like there are different kinds of brush and trees. There is also texture in the trees that is different. This shows that the illustrator took a lot of time on the paintings. Grandpa Green is a great book. This book is very easy to read but is very deep. Grandpa- -Green got me wondering. This book could be about many things. It could be about the grandpa and how he lost his memory. But this seems like it is only scratching the surface. It could be about how the great, great grandson is looking at his future. It could be this because he is picking up the grandpa’s things as he leaves them behind. Maybe he is fllfollown his footsteps. I wonder why there are so many details in the drawings. Do they mean something too? I really enjoyed this book about a garden of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My three year old and I love this book. Lane's simple but beautiful story is filled with amazing illustrations of topiaries that depict the story of a Grandfather's life. You won't be disappointed!
pinkystar06 More than 1 year ago
Great book to share with kids!
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