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Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
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A young boy tends to a garden, re-telling the life story of his aging great-grandfather. The story reads simply in an unassuming tone, and can reach an audience age two to one hundred two. Grandpa Green beautifully introduces the concepts of aging family members and memory loss in a touching manner, culminating in a fold-out panoramic view of the garden of Grandpa Green’s life. Each page or so contains a line of text, but the illustrations are what makes this book excellent. There is contrast between the dazzlingly bright leaves and the more cartoon-like illustrations, although both work in harmony to create a stunning visual effect. In the fold out panoramic, the most fantastical of the plant shapes take the forefront, although even the tougher memories, such as war, are still present. However, one of the more straightforward yet fabulous page illustrations tells the whole story, and is strong enough to work as a standalone: that of a tree with leaves which start out young and green on the left, gradually growing sparser and changing to the reddish color present in autumn to the right as the young boy hangs on a branch and watches the first red leaf fall. This tale of love and family traverses many generations, and is highly recommended. However, it is especially recommended for children ages 3-6, and any child who can’t get enough of the color green.
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