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Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
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Smith, L. (2011). Grandpa Green. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Gr. K-3. A young boy narrates this beautifully illustrated story about his great-grandfather. When his great-grandfather was young, he wanted to study horticulture, but he had to go to war, so he did not get to realize his dream. However, he created a beautiful garden in which he made all his memories come to life in plants.
Curriculum: This is a great book for visual literacy. The illustrations of the plants grandpa makes are symbols of his life and his life story, and kids can practice looking at the garden plants and filling in the blanks of grandpa’s story. The book can also be used to talk about family stories and how generations pass down stories, and how those stories are important to tell and write or express. It would work as a mentor text for personal narrative/life narrative. You could also use it to introduce horticulture and talk about jobs people have.
Awards: Caldecott Honor (2012), New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (2011) Best Books Of The Year 2011 Children's Books Of The Year 2012 - Under 5 Notable Books of the Year 2011 : (Best Illustrated Child's) Notable Children's Books 2012 - Younger Readers PW's Best Children's Books 2011
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