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Tea with Grandpa

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Spending time with Grandpa is always fun.
Singling, laughing, eating, and playing.
And when it's time to say goodbye,
It won't be for long because
He's never too far away to have tea.
In this sweetly simple, rhyming picture book byacclaimed author/artist Barney Saltzberg, a little girl tells us about her daily tea ritual with her grandfather where they sing and laugh and clink
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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The little girl and her grandpa share tea time every day at 3:00. The last spread of the book reveals they are not actually together; they are using the computer to Skype or Facetime. It’s nice to see the portrayal of an older person using technology.
Jack & Lily Wills
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute - it was a three star book until the end! :)
Franki Sibberson
Great conversations for the beginning of the school year--ways to communicate and connect:-)
Maria Marshall
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
Delightful story of the joy of sharing a daily cup of tea with a beloved grandfather, with an unexpected twist ending.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Trisha Parsons
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
I'm a little (a lot) biased about this book because I am a sap for any book with a grandpa, but this is a simple read, with only one line per page, and the end of the book reveals that the girl is having "tea" with her grandpa over video chat, which I think is great and relevant for today's kids.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Grandpa and granddaughter share a daily tea party.

At the end, we find out that they're using a screen to communicate.

A good story to reassure little ones that even if they're moving away from grandparents, the relationship can continue.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the simplicity and heart of this book. I've given it as a gift to grandparents who live far away from their grandchildren.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A simple story, good for story times. A nice balance to books which always show grandparents physically present. Especially good story in a military community, where nobody lives near family.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great modern day twist at the end!
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so sweet, and the ending got me good--adorable. This would be great for a storytime, and it's short enough to read with younger kids.
Hmm, I wish the text didn't rhyme, but it's an awfully cute read.
Josephine Burks
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute book read to us at Baby storytime for upcoming Grandparents day!
Sue Mosher
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! A little girl meets everyday with her Grandpa for tea, in a way that lots of today's kids will relate to.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book's ending will wreck you if you are home sick.

This book has short dialogue and animations that look similar to those of the 1990's cartoon "Doug", however it is a sweet story.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Every day at half past three...Me and Grandpa. Time for Tea. I can pour so carefully. Grandpa holds his cup for me.

Premise/plot: What you see is what you get...or is it?! Every day a little girl and her grandpa have tea together. The book shares what they do every day at tea time: tell stories, laugh and joke, sing and dance. What the book waits a while to the grandpa and the little girl are not "together" for tea time. They are communicating via computer.

Gail Gauthier
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"This seems pretty much a surface story. Then the last page comes. I, for one, never saw it coming. Very neat and contemporary ending."

Excerpt from Original Content.
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Originally published on my blog, Nine Pages.

This is one of the most moving books that I’ve read in a long while. A little girl enjoys a daily teatime with her grandpa. They laugh and enjoy one another’s company. It’s not till the end of the book that it is revealed that all of this has taken place via a video chat. I think this is an important book. It’s a tradition I’d have loved to grow up with (the technology wasn’t available), and I think it’s important to instill in all people the reminder
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
"‘Tea with Grandpa"’ written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg is simple though touching book that speaks about young girl and her daily practice of drinking tea with her grandfather.

When young reader will go through its rhymes you can almost hear the clattering of their teacups and hear their singing and laughing, enjoying one another'’s company. Though at the end of the book a surprise will be revealed -– this daily ritual is taking place using their computers, a video chat.

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Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Tea With Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg

Format: Picture Book

Age: 2-5

Genre: Tea party, grandparents

Every day at half past three, a little girl shares a tea-party with her Grandpa in this delightful little book.

This book is a wonderful treat for grandfathers and young girls. Every day at half past three, Grandpa comes over for a tea party. The sing, they laugh, they eat and drink tea before Grandpa goes home. But he always returns the next day. The text is very minimal, about 6 words per page.
Jenna Smith
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
In this cute, family bonding book, a grandpa and his granddaughter enjoy their daily tea time together. They laugh and sing together as they sip their tea and enjoy each other's company. Tea with Grandpa is a sweet book that will make readers want to go have tea with their own grandparents. With a surprising twist at the end, you won't want to miss this adorable book! Join grandpa and his granddaughter as they laugh and clink their tea cups each day!

** A fun activity for this book would be to
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I first saw the trailer for “Tea with Grandpa” on twitter. After I saw it, I thought it looked cute so I put it on my “To Be Read” list.
I thought it was cute. When I got the book and (here comes a spoiler!) and saw that the whole “tea party” was virtual – meaning the little girl and her grandpa were Skyping or doing a Google hangout or something similar, I thought the idea for the book was brilliant! You don’t know until the end that it’s all over the computer -very cool. There are a lot of
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short. Sweet. Simple. A story of a girl and her grandfather who make time for tea time everyday. This is a book with few words (no more than 7 words on a page, if any), large text, lots of white space, and a simple plot. Personally, I think this is better off as a board book only because I expect more for a picture book. The most wonderful thing about the story is the ending, which took me by surprise. Because of it, I liked it even more. My favorite line: "Every day at half past three." The ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
On first read, I wasn't that impressed with this book -- very simple, no real twist -- until I looked more closely at the overall composition and how the story was told. Without giving away the ending (text wouldn't do it, the crux and twist are actually told entirely by the pictures) I was quite taken with how this simple story of a grandchild and grandpa conversing each afternoon at 3:30 over tea unfolds. You have to read it for the final page, as it really says a lot about our society in the ...more
Rosa Cline
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a simple precious book about a granddaughter and a grandpa. Each page has a simple illustration of the little girl or the grandpa and they take about 'having tea' together and not until the end of the story do you realize that the Grandpa is on a computer screen. Showing that time and distance shouldn't put a limit on quality time spent with one anther. So for children that has to spend time with their parents and or grandparents this book is for them. Also a beginning reader wouldn't ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this book tonight with my daughter and it really hit home at the end. We are a military family who moves around (our daughter is two and this is her first move having been at least with my parents since literally the day she was born) and we FaceTime with my parents twice a week, possibly more so yes this story made me tear up. If we could FT with her other grandparents, I would in a heart beat but they don't have the Internet (his mom) of doesn't have FT installed or something (his dad and ...more
Great Books
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-5-8
A wonderfully charming story of a grandchild and grandpa having tea each and every day together. Few words in the clean and simple text provide clues, "too far away" to share a muffin and not seeing the characters in the same scene lead the reader to a fun and thought-filled ending. In the last pages the visit is explained showing grandpa on a computer screen, "Every day at half past three...". Great story for the youngest and oldest alike to remember that in todays world we are never far apart. ...more
The premise of this book is unique and also very fitting for the children in the world today. A little girl has tea with her grandpa every day at 3:30, and we are led to believe that they are sitting in the room together, when it is ultimately revealed that they are chatting via webcam and aren't actually in the same room at all. So many children have this reality with their relatives that I feel this book is tremendously useful. Great for ECE readers and for building phonologic awareness, as ...more
Jennifer Binns
This adorable realistic fiction book depicts a young girl's daily afternoon tea with her grandfather. The young girl goes through the details of pouring the tea, dancing and singing with grandpa, and trying to share a muffin. In the surprise ending, the girl and grandpa meet each day via Skype. The simple language and large print would make this book a good read aloud or beginners book. I think one could also use this book with upper elementary students to use as an introduction to the way ...more
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Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of close to 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, Good Egg, Cornelius P. Mud , Crazy Hair Day and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series with over 800,000 copies in print. He has two new releases, Tea With Grandpa and Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep coming this spring.
Additionally, he’s recorded four CDs