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Banjo Granny Hardcover – November 13, 2006


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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–This modern tall tale, told with a finely tuned bluegrass twang, is a fresh and lively paean to intergenerational love. When Owen's granny learns that he goes wiggly, jiggly,/all-around giggly,/and tip over tumble/for bluegrass music, she packs up her banjo, puts on her thousand-mile shoes, and heads out on foot for a visit. As she overcomes great distances and seemingly insurmountable geographical obstacles through the magic of her melody, the child waits excitedly for her arrival. The heartwarming conclusion brings the two together, dancing in the glow of the sun and to Granny's rendition of Owen's Song (lyrics and music are included). Root's fluid artwork brings warmth, movement, and color to the rhythmic text. The intrepid, sneaker-wearing woman and her young grandson have expressive faces, and the natural landscapes are painted with a mix of realism and whimsy. This is an up-to-date story with family members separated by distance and a dynamic grandmother with vim and vigor. However, the narrative's cadence and traditional structure make the tale feel timeless.–Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ
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It's always fun for a small child safe at home to imagine danger in the wide world. Part lullaby and part tall tale, this warm picture book is both cozy and exciting. As he wakes up in the rosy day, Owen hears from the birds that Granny is walking to him with her banjo in its old taped-up case. Although the river is fast and deep, the mountain is tall and steep, and the desert is wide and worrisome, when Granny sings about her grandbaby "who goes wiggly, jiggly / all-around giggly / and tip over tumble / for bluegrass music," she calms the water, gets the mountain to bend down, and sails cross the sand in her long nightgown. The bond between the toddler and Granny climaxes in their final, joyful embrace. The bright, sunny art connects the quiet inside scenes with the wild outdoor ones, and the rhythmic text is exactly right for the lap-sitting crowd, who will chant and act out the story again and again. Musical notation heads the story. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618336036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618336036
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blugrssmom on June 24, 2011
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I ordered this book as a second that they said would have slight cosmetic blemishes and when I got it the book was perfect, if it had any blemishes they were so slight that I'd never have noticed it, so I was very happy with my purchase and even ordered 2 more books for my fellow banjo playing friends. I love childrens books and this one has beautiful artwork and colors and a whimsical story to it. If you enjoy cute pictures and great artistic drawings and bright colors you'll really enjoy this book even for the pictures.
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By Kristi Lucas on October 21, 2014
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By Thomas Schampers on September 12, 2014
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Excellent! Great book.
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Not a bad children's book, but it did not light a spark in me. I thought the text was good and the illustrations were wonderful. Both authors and illustrator certainly have talent. However, I did not think the book as a finished product (i.e., the combination of the text and illustrations) was all that good. Granny was wearing Nikes and supposedly up for a trek across a river, over a mountain, and then across a desert - but she was still obese. And at one point she was walking down a trail that dead-ended at a river with no bridge to walk over. In my mind, if she had Nikes to wear, then the river should have been wearing a bridge. And where did she get the helium when she used a balloon to go over the mountain? I could go on with thoughts like these.

The story is about a middle aged lady who wants to visit her grandson who likes bluegrass music. She decides to go visit her grandson and packs her banjo so she can play him some bluegrass songs. The bulk of the story is about her journey from her home to his.

As we all know, a kid's book can be lousy from a critical standpoint, but wonderful from a commercial standpoint. Since one can turn the pages in this book and pretty much figure it out just by looking at the great pictures, I honestly believe it will be popular with most young children it is read to. 4 stars!
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