A best-selling author and illustrator pay tribute to the power of language and intergenerational bonds.
George Baker and Harry don’t seem the likeliest of friends. Yet, sitting side by side on George’s porch, waiting for the school bus to come, the two have plenty in common, this hundred-year-old musician with the crookedy fingers going tappidy on his knees and the young schoolboy whose shoelaces always need tying. They’re both learning to read, which is hard — but what’s easy is the warm friendship they share. In an inspired pairing, a best-selling author and illustrator pay tribute to the power of language and intergenerational bonds.
About the Author
Amy Hest is the author of many outstanding books for children, including the Baby Duck books, illustrated by Jill Barton. She also wrote YOU CAN DO IT, SAM; DON'T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM?; and KISS GOOD NIGHT, all illustrated by Anita Jeram. Two of her books, WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, and KISS GOOD NIGHT, were awarded the Christopher Medal.
Jon J Muth is the award-winning creator of several children's books, including STONE SOUP and THE THREE QUESTIONS. He illustrated COME ON, RAIN! by Karen Hesse and OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH by Douglas Wood. His highly acclaimed comic books are published in Japan and the United States.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Such a cute book about a little boy's friendship with an 100 year old man. Mr. George and Harry both wait on the porch every morning for the school bus so they can go to school and learn how to read. This book can encourage students that no matter how old or how hard it is to do something you can always do it.
I could read this story over and over. There is something sweet about the way the boy tells about his friend Mr. George Baker. I love how he asks the reader a question followed by another question just like a child does. It is even more enjoyable to read to a young child who will answer the questions. The ending is sweet and poignant and reminds child and adult alike that it is never too late to learn something new and important.
This tender picture book is a story of a beautiful friendship between two unlikely people. They are neighbours and Mr. George Baker is one hundred years old while his friend Harry is only in first grade. Each morning they sit together on George's porch and suck chocolate candies while waiting for the bus to take them off to school. You see George was an African-American jazz drummer in his prime, but unfortunately was never taught to read. He knows that his illiteracy problem needs to be corrected so he is taking charge and doing something about it. He is a very unique and brave man who makes that long journey to the local school each day determined to succeed in his quest to understand the written words on a page. Both he and Harry are bonded together because they are learning to read. When the bus finally arrives they board it holding on to hands... happy to be together and looking out for each other. At school Mr. Baker studies with a group of grown-ups while Harry does the same in his classroom down the hall. The muted watercolours by Jon J. Muth, wash across the pages exposing simple and engaging images with many details to be enjoyed. It is a hopeful, inspiring tale that speaks compellingly to intergenerational friendship. It teaches us to respect people for who they are and appreciate their individualities. It urges us to accept people regardless of their age, race or the challenges in their lives.