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Grandpa Green

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Publisher Comments:

From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a 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.

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.

Review:

"In this reflective tale, Smith (It's a Book) departs from his customary irony to muse on the memories, talents, and traditions passed down through generations. Smith's young narrator, in overalls and rubber boots, describes his great-grandfather. The boy waters plants and tidies up in a magnificent topiary garden, lined in delicate ink and decorated with ornamental hedges in the shapes of people, animals, and iconic objects. 'He was born a really long time ago, before computers or cell phones or television,' says the boy, and the first topiary depicts a crying baby. Other creations include rabbit- and chicken-shaped shrubs to suggest a childhood farm; a head-shaped bush dotted with red berries ('In fourth grade he got chicken pox'); and an erupting cannon to signify wartime. Smith works in an impressionistic range of emerald, moss, and seaweed hues, memorializing Grandpa Green's life events in meticulously pruned shrubs. The child eventually catches up with an elderly man who 'sometimes forgets things. But the important stuff, the garden remembers for him.' It's a rare glimpse into Smith's softer side — as skillful as his more sly offerings, but crafted with honesty and heart. Ages 5 – 9. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"In this affecting picture book, a boy recounts the life of his beloved great-grandfather....The author's illustrations, a blend of line drawings and sponge painting, have a classic feel, and make clever use of the topiary theme, rewarding close examination and repeated reading." The New Yorker

Review:

"Great-grandpa's memory may be going, but the past remains vibrantly alive in the playful topiaries that decorate his brilliantly green yard. Lush and magical." People

Review:

"An unassuming little masterpiece...the books power lies in its rich, allusive artistry." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Visually intriguing and emotionally resonant, this is a book to pore over and talk about. With each subsequent reading, it offers new layers of meaning and visual connections." School Library Journal, Starred Review

Review:

"Opening this book is like opening a gate to a secret garden, filled with the treasures of a life well lived. In his portrait of a boy who adores and honors his forgetful great-grandfather, Smith shows us that the things that are meaningful to the ones we love become part of our garden, too." Shelf Awareness

Review:

"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Sketched with a finely lined fairy-tale wispiness and dominated by verdant green, the illustrations are not just creative but poignant." Booklist

Synopsis:

A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

Synopsis:

In this magical picture book, a young boy visits his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. Then his Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights and sounds of the city are not scary, but wonderful.

Synopsis:

In thisand#160;magical picture book,and#160;a young boyand#160;spends an overnight visit withand#160;his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave,and#160;andand#160;soon the everydayand#160;sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scaryand#8212;but wonderful.and#160;The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, andand#160;beauty of the city.

Synopsis:

From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a 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.
 
Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Books title for 2011.
One of School Library Journals Best Picture Books of 2011.

About the Author

Lane Smith is author and illustrator of the national bestsellers It's a Book, John, Paul, George & Ben, and Madam President, and several other works. He has illustrated books by Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Jack Prelutsky, Florence Parry Heide, and Jon Scieszka, including The Stinky Cheese Man, for which he received a Caldecott Honor award. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, book designer Molly Leach. Visit him at lanesmithbooks.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596436077
Author:
Smith, Lane
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Author:
Castillo, Lauren
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
the Natural World/General (see also headings under Animals)
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World/General (see also headings under Animals)
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color illustrations throughout and
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 9

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Product details 40 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596436077 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this reflective tale, Smith (It's a Book) departs from his customary irony to muse on the memories, talents, and traditions passed down through generations. Smith's young narrator, in overalls and rubber boots, describes his great-grandfather. The boy waters plants and tidies up in a magnificent topiary garden, lined in delicate ink and decorated with ornamental hedges in the shapes of people, animals, and iconic objects. 'He was born a really long time ago, before computers or cell phones or television,' says the boy, and the first topiary depicts a crying baby. Other creations include rabbit- and chicken-shaped shrubs to suggest a childhood farm; a head-shaped bush dotted with red berries ('In fourth grade he got chicken pox'); and an erupting cannon to signify wartime. Smith works in an impressionistic range of emerald, moss, and seaweed hues, memorializing Grandpa Green's life events in meticulously pruned shrubs. The child eventually catches up with an elderly man who 'sometimes forgets things. But the important stuff, the garden remembers for him.' It's a rare glimpse into Smith's softer side — as skillful as his more sly offerings, but crafted with honesty and heart. Ages 5 – 9. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "In this affecting picture book, a boy recounts the life of his beloved great-grandfather....The author's illustrations, a blend of line drawings and sponge painting, have a classic feel, and make clever use of the topiary theme, rewarding close examination and repeated reading."
"Review" by , "Great-grandpa's memory may be going, but the past remains vibrantly alive in the playful topiaries that decorate his brilliantly green yard. Lush and magical."
"Review" by , "An unassuming little masterpiece...the books power lies in its rich, allusive artistry."
"Review" by , "Visually intriguing and emotionally resonant, this is a book to pore over and talk about. With each subsequent reading, it offers new layers of meaning and visual connections."
"Review" by , "Opening this book is like opening a gate to a secret garden, filled with the treasures of a life well lived. In his portrait of a boy who adores and honors his forgetful great-grandfather, Smith shows us that the things that are meaningful to the ones we love become part of our garden, too."
"Review" by , "Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young."
"Review" by , "Sketched with a finely lined fairy-tale wispiness and dominated by verdant green, the illustrations are not just creative but poignant."
"Synopsis" by , A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this magical picture book, a young boy visits his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. Then his Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights and sounds of the city are not scary, but wonderful.
"Synopsis" by ,
In thisand#160;magical picture book,and#160;a young boyand#160;spends an overnight visit withand#160;his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave,and#160;andand#160;soon the everydayand#160;sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scaryand#8212;but wonderful.and#160;The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, andand#160;beauty of the city.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a 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.
 
Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Books title for 2011.
One of School Library Journals Best Picture Books of 2011.
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