Grandpa Green
Grandpa Green
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Grandpa Green

Written and illustrated by Lane Smith
Published by Roaring Brook Press
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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.

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Book Details

ISBN
9781596436077
Publication Date
August 30, 2011
Page Count
32
Words Per Page
5
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
5 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2010038729
ASIN/ISBN 10
1596436077
Lexile® Level
AD530L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~N
ATOS® Book Level
2.5
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
145730
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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