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When I Am Old with You

When I Am Old with You

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by Angela Johnson

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An African American girl and her Grandaddy imagine many shared activities yet to come; PW noted, ``The joy the two characters have in each other's company is richly evoked by Soman's vivid, burnished watercolors.'' Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
The bond between grandparent and grandchild transcends time, and sometimes transcends an adult's sense of logic, reaching a deeper level of truth. In this story, a small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Grandaddy and will sit beside him in a rocking chair and talk about everything. They will go fishing, drink cool water from a jug, and play cards ``till the lightning bugs shine in the trees.'' The poignant reality that time will never allow these two to coexist at the same age is softened by the fact that they do not have to be the same age in order to share happy times. What the boy dreams of doing with his Grandaddy someday are the same things that they are doing now. This tender story is complemented by Soman's beautifully executed watercolors, which vibrate with life and love. The African-American child and grandfather are distinct individuals, yet also universal figures, recognizable to anyone who has ever shared the bond of family love across generations. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library

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Demco Media
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Angela Johnson is an American poet and children's book writer. Her children's picture books, including ,When I Am Old with You and A Sweet Smell of Roses, are poetic stories about African-American families and friendship. She has also written for teens, including the Michael L. Printz and Corretta Scott King Award-winning novel The First Part Last. She also won Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Tell Me a Story, Mama.

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When I Am Old With You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jp302 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!!! Wonderfully written. This is a very sweet story of a relationship between grandparent and grandchild. You will not regret buying this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! I bought it after it appeared as a suggested book to read in one of my school-aged kids' reading papers. I bought it sight unseen and pages unread and could not be more pleased! It has wonderful pictures and is a great story about a boy and his love of spending time with his grandfather. My one year old loves to listen to me read this book to her! Praises all the way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beatiful story about the friendship between a little girl and her grandfather what they will do together when she gets to be the same age as him. Told with a child's perspective and innocence about life, the little girl lists all of the activities her grandfather enjoys and tells him how much she will enjoy doing them together when she gets to be the same age. Sweet and cute.