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"A perfect gift book for grandparents and grandparents to be!"
If I had as many grandchildren as you... is an inventive, eye-catching picture book written for grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren. It gives advice in rhyme on places to go, wonders to see, lessons to teach and fanciful uplifting things to do with grandchildren.
Through lively, warm-hearted verse, an optimistic message, and eye-catching photographic illustrations, this whimsical and uplifting book is a journey of discovery for children looking for 'adventuresome fun', and for grandparents finding their very special role as 'memory makers'. The book sparks imagination and creativity, and inspires children to dream and explore and discover that place outside themselves, where they learn about sharing and caring. The book inspires grandparents to make time to make memories with their grandchildren.
The story is narrated by 'Grand Paws, a wise old lion who gives advice to a befuddled grandfather about wondrous places to go, lessons to teach and uplifting things to do with his grandchildren. The story celebrates extraordinary art forms (driftwood horses), natural phenomena (upside down rainbows), wonders of the ancient world, and 'pop' culture. The captioned photographs show that it is quite possible to do nearly everything in this book.
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If I has a many grand children as you… By: Lori Stewart Lori Stewart definitely has a poetic nature to her writing that draws every reader in. She does not disappoint in If I had as many grandchildren as you… This book works well to use as a read aloud for a grandparents’ celebration in any classroom. The use of rhyming words is great to use with young readers when teaching word families or fluency through shared reading. This book is also rich in new vocabulary. Using the poetic nature and vocabulary of this book provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop envisioning by drawing what they envision an illustration that would go with each page. Students will need to do close reading to develop their drawings. Finally comparing their illustrations with the stunning photos used throughout the book has students comparing and contrasting. 4.5 stars
The narrator of the story is Grand Paws, a wise old lion who gives advice to grandparents about wondrous places in the world to explore, and how kid’s imaginations can be sparked and nurtured enabling them to create, play, romp freely, sing at the top of their lungs and celebrate their childhood. “The whole weary world would stop and start staring At grandchildren dancing and laughing and caring. And thus would they learn that life is for sharing! Those are but a few of the things I would do, If I had as many grandchildren as you.” The story is interjected with fascinating photos of interesting art forms, wonders of the ancient world, and ‘pop’ Culture. There are 41 extraordinary visuals to feast your eyes upon. This book is suitable for ages 3+. It is written in perfect rhyme which makes it a fun, happy read aloud. The author wrote this book after talking to a friend who had eleven grandchildren all living close by. She started pondering what would happen if they descended on her all at once and luckily for us this book was the result after all her musings. The book’s message is positive, uplifting and full of adventure. It places grandparents in the role of ‘memory makers.’ This is a coveted place to be indeed and much valued by the younger generations. This book received the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award and 2012 and 2013 Family Choice Awards. I highly recommend this book to you.
If you are a grandparent, how many grandchildren do you have? If you’re not, how many grandkids do your grandparents have? Did you know that there reported to be between sixty and eighty million grandparents currently in the United States? As this book opens, a grandparent is besieged by “a gaggle of grandchildren.” A plan for adventure and fun for them had been promised, but none had yet been thought of. All of a sudden, a huge lion in a red baseball cap appears in the garden. Named “Grand Paws,” he offers some sage advice on the things he’d like to do, places he’d like to go, sites he’d like to see, and lessons he’d like to teach, “if I had as many grandchildren as you.” What kind of fun activities can you imagine that kids and their grandparents might do? Author Lori Stewart uses highly inventive and catchy rhyme to tell this warm-hearted story that grandparents will enjoy reading aloud to their grandchildren. One concept which is unfortunately being lost in our increasingly mobile society is a multi-generational vision, so anything which will help grandparents to connect more with their grandkids, and vice versa, is to be applauded. I especially appreciate the following suggestion by Grand Paws: “I wouldn’t stop there…there’s much more I would do, If I had as many grandchildren as you! I’d teach them to work, and to play and to pray— A little of each, and a little each day.” In addition, there are 41 luscious, color photographs to illustrate what Grand Paws says. Have you ever seen a “circumzenithal arc”—in other words, an upside-down rainbow—caused by sunlight hitting hexagonal ice crystals? Did you even imagine such a thing to be possible? If I Had as Many Grandchildren as You would make a perfect gift for children to give to their grandparents, and for anyone to give to somebody who is or is about to become a grandparent.