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Now One Foot, Now the Other (Sandcastle)

4.42  ·  Rating Details ·  757 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
When his grandfather suffers a stroke, Bobby teaches him to walk, just as his grandfather had once taught him.
Published November 15th 1991 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 1981)
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Feb 27, 2016 Josiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing story. It's easily one of an elite few picture books that I have ever encountered in terms of its emotional profundity, and of the sensitively powerful scene that Tomie dePaola masterfully sets in a way that I have never previously seen from him as a writer.

Now One Foot, Now the Other is as simple as its title, yet never falters in the strength of its emotional bond with the reader. It's the story of a young boy named Bobby, who is named after his Grandpa Bob. The two of the
Shanna Gonzalez
Apr 02, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
Bobby has grown into mastery of basic motor skills under the loving supervision of his grandfather, affectionately named Bob. But one day he is terrified when Bob suffers a stroke and is fully paralyzed. Everyone thinks Bob is unable to understand what is happening around him, but Bobby insists that his grandfather is responding to him. Slowly and persistently, he helps Bob regain motor control, leading him through all the same exercises that Bob used to help him gain coordination as a young chi ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sweet and touching story about the relationship between a boy and his grandpa. With such specific details and the incredible relationship shown in the story, I thought it must be at least somewhat autobiographical. I checked on Tomie dePaola's website where he says, "NOW ONE FOOT, NOW THE OTHER is very loosely based on childhood experiences." It definitely feels very real. The illustrations are slightly different than your typical dePaola book, but I still really like them. They f ...more
This book was incredible. I just kept thinking about how I would have loved to read a book like this when I was a child when a grandparent of mine was sick and how I would have felt relating to it. A very sweet story and sends a really loving message about people helping people.
highly suggest!
Skylar Burris
Nov 26, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is a worse tear-jerker than a sentimental country song. A well-told story about a grandfather who teaches his grandson to walk, only to have the tables reversed when he has a stroke and enters second childhood. This, like Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, is a great book to read a child with aging grandparents.
Feb 10, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-life, child
February is Italy month at the public library. I learned that Tomie dePaola is Italian/Irish, so I am reading his children's books. :)

A grandfather and his grandson have a relationship that is endearing.
Jun 14, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to read this after Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs - just as emotional but no one dies in the end.
Jul 06, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
I remember reading this to my kids years ago. Found it at the library and loved reading it again. Wonderful way to show kids how to take care of family when they get old.
Aug 16, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book chokes me up just thinking about it. I absolutely love it.
Jul 29, 2008 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Love this one! Makes me cry every time!
Jan 31, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes me cry every time.
Jul 24, 2009 Lindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-the-kids
A very tender book about a boy's relationship with his grandfather. I dare you not to cry!
Jack Levy
Nov 30, 2016 Jack Levy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lovd it
Mike DiNardo
Oct 25, 2016 Mike DiNardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made me cry like a baby.
Oct 17, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really makes you think about the circle of life. Nobody really touches on this subject. It was nice to read.
Erin Lee Arvin
Dec 31, 2016 Erin Lee Arvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet children's book about the special relationship between a child and their loving grandpa. (And for the record, my first word was "Bob," as well.)
Mary Feeney
Dec 10, 2016 Mary Feeney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-study
Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola is a touching story about a special relationship between young Bobby and his grandfather Bob. Bob is always there for young Bobby during every challenge in his young life. When Bobby is five grandpa Bob has a stroke and Bobby is faced with the reality that their relationship will never be the same. However, as grandpa slowly recovers young Bobby is the one to stand by his side and help him though the challenges in his life. Just like grandpa helped hi ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jack by: Ayer Public Library
Shelves: k-g-4
Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola is a gentle and loving story about Bobby and Grandpa Bob. Bob is Bobby's best friend when Bobby is little. Bob help Bobby learn to walk. Bobby especially enjoys playing blocks with Grandpa Bob. Bob has a stroke and is severely diminished. Bobby devoted persistence helps Bob come back and eventually helps Grandpa Bob walk again.
This story is all very real to me. If we are fortunate to grow up among our elders and have a loving relationship with one
Sep 15, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So touching!
This book is about a young boy who looks up to his grandfather. After all, he is named Bobby after him who is named Bob. His grandfather has been there for him from as far back as he can remember. Bob had helped teach Bobby to walk by always repeating the phrase "Now one foot, now the other" (hence the title). They would always play with wooden blocks building words and letters, and every time before the could finish the block tower, Bob would almost always sneeze and knock it down. Bobby would ...more
Tara Kollman
Dec 03, 2013 Tara Kollman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story really touched my heart and seriously brought tears to my eyes. It is about a boy who is very close with is grandfather. They like to do the same activities together. They like to stack blocks and knock them down and tell stories like how his grandfather taught him how to walk. One day, the boy receives bad news when he finds out his grandfather has suffered a stroke. He ends up in the hospital for months and does not have his memory or the ability to talk or move. Finally, his grandf ...more
Kimberlee Gutterman
This book is realistic fiction because what happens to Bob and Bobby is a tragic reality for a lot of families. This book is great for helping children cope when they have a family member who has had a stroke or something similar because they can watch how Bob and Bobby still love each other but it takes a lot of work. Even after Bob's stroke he and Bobby could still do the things they always did together but Bobby had to help Bob this time. I really liked how Bob always told Bobby the story of ...more
Shannon Alexander
Little boy Bobby was named after his grandfather, Bob. They were the best of friends. Bob even taught Bobby how to walk by telling him "now one foot, now the other." Bobby's grandfather suffers from a stroke and becomes very disabled and is no longer able to do the activities that he used to do with Bobby. Bobby's parents inform him that his grandfather is unable to recognize any of his family members, but Bobby doesn't give up hope for his grandfather's recovery. Bobby helps Bob relearn many sk ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story for grandparents to read to their grandchildren or even a mother or father to their children if their grandparents have passed. I liked this book because there aren’t many books out now that are about grandparents, its normally about mom or dad. I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book. I liked the organization of the book but I feel like this book would have been better if they were realistic pictures, almost photographs because I feel like that would have made the boo ...more
Dayle Lynne
Jan 19, 2014 Dayle Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tomie dePaola is one of my absolute favorite children's authors and this is, by far, my favorite of his books. I'm sure I've read this well over a dozen times and it's made me cry every time.

This book touches on a tough subject but one that some kids will experience. I once read it to a class of 4th graders and it sparked a wonderful conversation. So many of my students shared stories about their grandparents - some about their grandparents illnesses or death and some just about the things they
Connie Rossini
Feb 12, 2013 Connie Rossini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bobby and his grandfather are best friends. When Bobby was a baby, his grandfather taught him to walk. “Now one foot, now the other,” his grandfather Bob would say. Later, their favorite game was to build a tall block tower. Then Bob would pretend to sneeze and knock it down to Bobby’s laughter.

Bobby loves to hear how Bob (yes, he calls his grandfather by his first name–the only thing I don’t like about this book) taught him to walk.

When Bobby is 5, Bob has a stroke and can’t talk. Bobby is scar
Savannah Wilson
Now One Foot, Now the Other was a sweet story about a boy trying to cope with his grandfather having a stroke. The book starts off showing just how much the two are inseperable just like grandchildren can be with their grandparents. It shows the grandfather teaching the boy how to walk and building things with his blocks and so on. When the grandfather has the stroke and can't talk or move it shows the boy struggling to understand why. This can be a scary situation for a young child and I think ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, realism

Bobby is named after his grandfather Bob. "Bob" is baby Bobby's first word, his first friend, the person who teaches him to walk and stack blocks. But after Bob has a stroke he can't walk or talk and doesn't even seem to remember Bobby.

This is a really touching little book. I would recommend it as an alternative to people who find Love You Forever creepy and ill-done but want something in that general vein, or more specifically for children who are close to a grandparent or other older person wi
Apr 01, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED this book. Although it uses the names Bobby and Bob, it's the autobiographical retelling of Tomie's relationship with his beloved Irish grandfather Tom, and the grief and hope and slow recovery that occurred after Tom's stroke. It's told in such a sweet, simple way for young children to try to make sense of bewildering events in the lives of their older family members.

I highly recommend this book to all with young children, especially for those who have loving relationships with their gr
Jasmine Burk
This is another touching book about a young boy who has a close relationship with his grandfather. His grandfather taught him to walk, they have the same hobbies, etc. then one day, the boy finds out that his grandfather has had a stroke. The book describes the boy's feelings and how he copes with his grandfathers newfound disability. This is a great book for kids to help them cope, or to just open their eyes to how to deal with real world situations. The pictures in this book make the impact of ...more
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
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