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Grandpa Green

Written & illustrated by Lane Smith
Published by Roaring Brook Press
5.96 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
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Aug 30, 2011
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“A unique garden becomes a channel to creatively preserve and transfer memories from one generation to another.”

As a small boy wanders through a hedge garden, the memories of his great-grandfather’s life unfold in the trimmed bushes around him. A towering tiered cake marks a wedding day, a paratrooper commemorates military service in World War II, and an enormous carrot memorializes a childhood spent on the farm. Most beautifully, a young boy wielding a sword to fight off a lake dragon shows Grandpa Green’s desire to inspire his great-grandson to lead a bright, courageous future, and harkens (if only coincidentally) to C.S. Lewis’ advice to introduce young readers to tales of brave knights so that they are prepared for the evil they will undoubtedly encounter. While Grandpa Green’s garden is already remarkable, it reaches a deeper level of meaning when Grandpa Green’s suffering from memory loss is disclosed. The bright, bold green of the hedges juxtaposed against the sketched illustrations of the characters seems a nuance from Smith showing how sometimes memories of the past are clearer than even the present for those in Grandpa Green’s circumstances. His great-grandson visits often enough that he knows how to help attend to the garden—with watering here and hedge trimming there—and, like his great-grandfather, wanders the garden without distractions like a cell phone or television. More importantly, the boy understands all the meaning and memories shared by the sculptures. While the boy seems, for now, nonchalant if not oblivious to the significant and blessed bonding and memory transfer that is taking place through this routine event of visiting Grandpa Green’s garden, observant readers won’t miss the message.

What's Grandpa Green About

Publisher Summary

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

What Kind of Book is Grandpa Green

Quotes from Grandpa Green

  • “Now he’s pretty old and he sometimes forgets things like his favorite floppy straw hat. But the important stuff, the garden remembers for him.”

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
7.0 / 7.0

This is such a meaningful and unique tale of family connections and family history. I love the idea of this young boy learning about his Great Grandpa Green’s life: military service, meeting Grandma Green, hobbies and interests. What Grandpa Green has done to make it easier to learn about his life is also very neat. The interplay of the story and illustrations develops subtly until becoming clear in a moment of gorgeous illustration.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.25 / 7.0
Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.75 / 7.0
English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
6.0 / 7.0
The Notorious RAD
Mom of 1. Wife to 1. #1.
6.0 / 7.0

Beautiful story with fun, green, illustrations. I liked the flip out last page that showed the whole garden.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.75 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Grandpa Green

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Lane Smith

Lane Smith is the award-winning author of Grandpa Green, It’s a Book, There Is a Tribe of Kids, and his most recent, A Perfect Day, among others. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for “lifelong innovation in the …

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