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...more
“He was a boy on a farm and a kid with chickenpox. He was a soldier and a husband, and a gardener, and most of all, an artist.”
I have read many books that were either illustrated or written by Lane Smith and some of my favorite books that were both illustrated and written by Lane Smith was “It’s a Book.” But, I had discovered this new book by Lane Smith called “Grandpa Green,” which was a Caldecott Honor book and it was seriously one of Lane Smith’s most heartwarming books ever written!
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This is a phenomenal children's book. The illustrations are very well done. A great-grandson tells the story of his great-grandpa's life with the help of drawings of artistically manicured shrubbery. This was very well done and sure to become a favorite among kids and parents alike.
This is a picture book that works for any age. There are layers here - and great-grandparents can probably ap ...more
1/25/14 This is probably the best example of a layered picture book I have ever seen, with three stories in one. You have the rather simple narrative of the boy telling the story of his great-grandfather, all in the text. Then you have the story of the little boy tending and playing in the garden. And then there’s the story told in the topiary garden itself—a legacy left by an old man to his ...more
In this book, a great-grandson recalls the events of his horticulture-loving great-grandfather’s life. The simple, straightforward sentences delightfully ...more
Smith has created an amazing world in the pages of this book. It is a place where a ...more
This deceptively simple story of a boy recounting his great-grandfather's life is really a tribute to a lifetime of a man's memories: growing up on a farm, fighting in a war, marrying, having children, and growing old. Each memory is fueled by imaginary shapes in a topiary garden that leads the boy straight to his target: his great-grandfather.
The visual elements is this book are en ...more
A blogger I read said this was a book that was "for adults" so she resented having to purchase it because of the Caldecott Honor (2012). I can see her point, but I also wonder if this book couldn't be used to begin a conversation with a child about why grandpa or grandma, or even mom or dad doesn't always remember. Or can seem to remember things from 40 years ago, but doesn't know the child's name. More and more families have a m ...more
1.) It's told in the voice of adult child, recounting his grandfather's stories
2.) The illustrations are quirky, funny, textured, and engaging (and reminicent of Harold & the Purple Crayon)
3.) Limited color palette, mostly green
4.) Real emotion is conveyed and the 'darker' aspects of the a life aren't left out, including the bittersweet reality that what we forget as we age is sometimes remembered by the people who love us
Nicely done, La ...more
Award list: 2012 Caldecott Honor book.
Appeal: I loved this story, probably because I have a special relationship with my papa. The way the bushes described the story was really neat. The part of the story where the pages fold out at the end is unique and probably only for the teacher to do (we don't want any ripped pages). It overall was a sweet and kind-hearted story that made me smile.
I did like how the text managed to be an almost-biography, but the addition of the floppy hat search kept it a real "story" that just happened to talk about a beloved relative.
A great-grandson reflects on the life and dreams of an aging grandparent. Beautiful illustrations, but I came to the end and said, "Wait. That is it?" I, as an adult, appreciate the the reflective tone of the story, but can image this will be a harder sell with kids.
Favorite illustration: The topiary rooster.
Favorite line: "He had to stay home from school. So he read stories about secret gardens and wizards and a little engine that could."
He studied art in college at the encouragement of his high school art teacher, helping ...more