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Opas Engel

4.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  71 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
With gentle visual humor, Jutta Bauer's simple story shows how Grandpa's charmed life may be due to someone special watching over him all along.

Grandpa loves to tell stories about his past. There was the time he was almost run over by a bus, the time he made a big dog cower with just one look, and all those scary street corners he passed by unscathed. From climbing the hig
Published (first published October 1st 2001)
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Nanor & Co.
Mar 14, 2014 Nanor & Co. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book...touching illustrations.

Here's to all the Angels who watched/are watching
over the Armenian Genocide survivors,
including my Grandmother's family...
Rebecca Collins
Such a lovely book! It made me feel so happy inside, but also quite sad as it refers to the passing of a grandparent, which I have experienced myself.

I think this book would be great for children to read especially if they are going through a bereavement because it shows to them that there is always someone watching over them. I think I would also use it to help myself as well because I never know how to respond to a situation like this, as I always feel that I am saying the wrong thing, or mak
Somporn Karam
Aug 22, 2013 Somporn Karam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am editor of this book in thai edition. This is one of my favorite books. I like the idea of the story. It's simple but powerful story! And Jutta's illustration is heart-warming! In my opinion, I think this book is definately good for children. Sometime we don't need to worry too much if the children can understand the story or not! I think to give children a chance to experience a good story is also the good idea.
Feb 05, 2014 Pburmeister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my college class of designers recently; one student who sits with people (vigils?) dying in hospice had a really strong connection with it.
My favorite page for its illustration is the war scene: Bauer successfully and gracefully navigates dangerous territory, avoiding overstated and trivializing treatments.
Readers who like William Steig and M. B. Goffstein should acquaint themselves with Jutta Bauer.
For a consideration of this book's elegance see:
Johanna H.
May 23, 2014 Johanna H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A little Book with a sad but heartwarming story..
My mother gave it to me when my Grandfather died and i liked to think that his Guardian Angel is now with me.. :) The Illustrations are wonderful
Kevin English
Nov 28, 2015 Kevin English rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the scenes connecting it to the Holocaust are brief, I enjoyed the uplifting message that we, perhaps, are not alone.
Marissa García
Tender and moving.
Apr 17, 2013 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
47 months - This wasn't at all a bad book just one that might be more appropriate for adults. Talk about going way over the head of a kid. Really don't think my almost 4 year old is going to understand the historical significance of a Nazi officer for example.
Adih Respati
Aug 01, 2007 Adih Respati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 01-picturebook
A grandfather, on his deathbed, is telling his grandson a story of his guardian angel. When he passed away, his guardian angel then guards the grand son. The illustration makes the story beautifully naive --and kind.
Jan 21, 2013 Bettina rated it it was amazing
Great little book about an angel who tries to protect a boy during his life.
Lovely illustrations. With some text.
Not sure if it is for small children.
Great for grown ups and older children
Aug 31, 2008 Relyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Relyn by: found it while browsing my library's website
Well, not so much. This wasn't bad in any way. It just wasn't so good either.
Tanaporn Srirasa
it made me smile and cry ....
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As a child
Jutta was born in 1955, in Hamburg. She went to school for ten years and describes it as “a necessary evil”.

As an adult
Jutta is one of the best-known picture-book artists and cartoonists in Europe. She currently lives in Germany.

As an artist
When asked where the idea for Opas Engel (the original German title of Grandpa’s Angel) Jutta commented, “At the time I had my drawing table at the f
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