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Super Grandpa [With CD]

Super Grandpa [With CD]

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by David M. Schwartz, Bert Dodson (Illustrator)

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So what if the judges tell Gustav he's too old to enter a 1,000-mile bicycle race? He'll ride along--and maybe even win! Young and old will thrill to the true story of a grandfather who isn't about to let anyone tell him, "Go home to your rocking chair". Full color.


So what if the judges tell Gustav he's too old to enter a 1,000-mile bicycle race? He'll ride along--and maybe even win! Young and old will thrill to the true story of a grandfather who isn't about to let anyone tell him, "Go home to your rocking chair". Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Maybe the retired set does have more fun. At least that was true for 66-year-old Gustaf Hakansson, who in 1951 rode a bicycle more than 1,000 miles in the Tour of Sweden. He warmed up by riding an additional 600 miles to get to the starting line. Hakansson's story is the heart of Super Grandpa, a picture book by David M. Schwartz, illus. by Bert Dodson, recently revised and reissued as a book-and-CD package. The audio edition contains a special introduction and a Danish waltz in addition to the story, narrated by Schwartz. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In 1951, 66-year-old Gustaf Hakansson really did ride his bicycle over 1,000 miles at the time of the official "Tour of Sweden" bicycle race. Although he did not follow the official rules, he became a national folk hero. The author details the facts in a note, but has added drama to those facts in the story he tells. Gustaf's family scoffs at his decision to ride in the race, and the judges refuse to register him for the official train. So he pedals 600 miles to the starting gate and begins the race. Riding day and night with only naps, he is encouraged and cheered all along the way. In Schwartz's story, he even comes in first. Dodson's visual version adds contextual details of landscape, town streets with buildings and spectators, along with many pictures of our hero. Watercolor paintings, mostly double-page scenes, provide a pleasant backdrop for the active rider, depicted in more intense colors—almost as if a spotlight were on him. Excitement is further generated by the points of view selected by the artist. This should raise respect for the accomplishments of the elderly. An accompanying CD has some lively Swedish folk music and Schwartz reading his text. 2005 (orig. 1991), Tortuga Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Don't let that white beard fool you, this grandpa is no ordinary fellow. Thwarted when he tries to enter a bicycle race called the Tour of Sweden (over 1,000) because he is sixty-six years old, Gustaf Håkansson decided to enter the race unofficially. Riding night and day, he manages to catch up and pass all of the younger bikers. Suddenly he becomes a celebrity in the race and is nicknamed "Supergrandpa." He wins the race, but since he was not officially entered, he really can't claim the prize. In the eyes and hearts of the media however, this senior citizen is a winner. Based on a true story, this tale is an inspiration to kids and adults.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This heartwarming story (Tortuga Press, 2005 rev. ed.) about 66-year-old Scandinavian bicyclist Gustaf Hakansson is narrated by author David M. Schwartz (How Much Is a Million?, G Is for Googol) who brings drama to this inspiring tale. Hakansson was called Stalfarfar (Super Grandpa) by the citizens of Sweden for his perseverance when he was rejected by the race officials to compete in the Tour of Sweden in 1951 because of his age. Hakansson was so determined to win that he rode his bicycle over 600 miles to get to the start of the race, and then raced 1000 miles to the finish line, surprising himself and others by coming in first. This title will be especially appropriate for intergenerational audiences, and is a good reminder that we all have dreams, regardless of age. The CD includes a fine rendition of a Swedish waltz. This timeless, meaningful tale will delight listeners and should be considered an essential purchase.-Kirsten Martindale, formerly Menomonie Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Tortuga Press
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9.90(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.36(d)
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4 - 7 Years

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Super Grandpa [With CD] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JoyceG More than 1 year ago
Super Grandpa, a children's picturebook that will appeal to all ages, is the true story of a 66-year-old Swedish bike rider who won a national bike race -- that they wouldn't let him enter because he was "too old." I bought it for an 82-year-old bike rider I know, and he loved it. Readers of all ages will be inspired by Gustaf's determination, his love of life, and his fine example of someone who followed his dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard of the Hare and the Tortoise? Well, this story is something like that. The main character is Gustaf Hakansson. The story takes place in Sweden. Gustaf was reading the paper and saw an ad that said a bike race. He went to see the judges and they said he could not enter the race. He went home but not to his rocking chair. He muttered, 'They can't keep me off the road, but they can keep me out of the race.' He got ready for the long ride ahead. He rode 600 miles to the starting line, and he got there right when the race was starting. The race started and Gustaf rode through the night, and he only got a few hours of sleep. Do you think Gustaf will win? Read the book and find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen a grandpa ride a bike in the Tour of Sweden? This story takes place in Sweden. The grandpa's name is Gustaf. People say Gustaf is too old to ride in the Tour of Sweden. He did not think so. He said he was strong and fit. Then Gustaf said, 'They can keep me out of the race but not off the road.' The next day he rode all the way to where the race started. That was 600 miles. He made a number 0 out of scrap cloth to pin on his back because all the other racers had numbers. The race began, and Gustaf was behind all the other racers. If you want to find ou the end, read the book. We liked the book because it was never boring, and we would recommend this book to people that like races. Also readers who like people who give it all they've got would like to book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen a grandpa that can ride a bike? In the book Supergrandpa, Gustaf reads an ad in the newspaper about a bike race that goes over 1,000 miles in Sweden. Gustaf goes to sign up for the bike race, but the judges say, 'You're too old, you might collapse in the middle of the race.' He decides to enter the race anyway. Gustaf rides 600 miles to the race. He found some fabric and made it into the number zero to stitch on his back since he didn't have a number. Each day of the race Gustaf took a rest in the middle of the night and slept for three hours. On the third morning Gustaf was the first one to arrive in the little town of Lulea. Everyone gave Gustaf food and juice. Then Gustaf continued in the race, and a little girl shouted out, 'Look, it's Supergrandpa!' One man said, 'You're almost there! Don't look back! You're going to win!' But he looked back and one racer was catching up. If you want to know what happens next, you can read the book. We liked the book because it was funny and exciting. If kids like races, they might like to read this book.