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Grandma's Gloves Hardcover – August 10, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076363168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763631680
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3–“Grandma has a way with flowers,” reports the young narrator of this sweet tribute to intergenerational relationships and the circle of life. Readers know right away all the important things about the child's grandmother: the way she smells, the kind of tea she pours, her green thumb, and that she sometimes repeats things. This one characteristic foreshadows the woman's decline in health. When she is hospitalized and later dies, readers are as accepting of this last stage of life as is her granddaughter, who says, “Everything dies one day. I know that.” Taking Grandma's gardening gloves as a keepsake, she promises to teach her own mother what she has learned about gardening, closing the circle of birth, death, and renewal. Castellucci's narrative details give voice to the perspicacity of a sensitive child–the smells, gestures, and alterations of experience that are noticed but rarely articulated. Denos's watercolor, pencil, and digital collage illustrations are bright and charming. Her depictions of the interactions of the winsome main character and her family will evoke recognition in readers and add to the story's usefulness as a primer for family loss.Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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Graphic novelist and YA author Castellucci offers younger audiences this picture book about a girl, her grandmother, and their shared love of gardening. Grandma and the girl enjoy puttering in the flowers and dirt, followed by tea, dessert, and good conversation. Then Grandma is hospitalized and no longer recognizes her family; still, she remembers how to tend the plants in her room, and they thrive. After Grandma’s death, the girl treasures her gardening gloves and promises to help her mother develop her own green thumb. Denos’ watercolor, pencil, and digital-collage artwork employs an earth-toned palette and conveys the story’s emotional themes through sensitive facial expressions. Although the text is brief and to the point, Castellucci includes many descriptive touches: Grandma “scolds” her succulents; and she smells of earth, coffee, hairspray, and perfume. This is a good choice for one-on-one sharing; pair with Tomie dePaola’s Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs (1998) or Deborah Hopkinson’s Bluebird Summer (2001). Grades K-3. --Kay Weisman

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Small Girl. Big Party. Author of the novels The Year of the Beasts, First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, Beige and The Plain Janes. Former indie rocker known as Nerdy Girl and Cecil Seaskull. DIY filmmaker. enfant terrible. modern 21st century flapper.

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Julia Denos' illustrations are magical and make the story even sweeter.
Mika
Beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect book to share with a child who is dealing with the death of a loved one.
toobusyreading
I read many books from the library and this one fit my friend, as she loved to garden.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on October 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't help but to tear up while reading this. It is such BEAUTIFUL bibliotherapy. When I was a child, I would have wanted to read this to help with grief. It's the type of life lesson that puts a smile on your face when you close the book. There is so much we can teach children about what they can do with the memories they have of a grandparent. Author Cecil Castellucci reminds us to take these gifts and wisdom and keep passing them on. In Grandma's Gloves the little girl appreciates her Grandma's adoration of gardening. Her memories are filled with Grandma working in her garden and always having her gloves nearby. A relationship and bond formed out of this hobby. It's the connection to her Grandma. Who knew a pair of garden gloves could mean so much to a little girl. They mean so much that she wants to keep the tradition alive...so lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra on March 14, 2013
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Something I wish would have been made a bit more apparent to me prior to purchasing this book. it was meant to be a gift for a coworker, who loves gardening and was expecting her first grandchild. I "Looked inside the book" and found no mention of the fact that the poor child would at some point find her beloved grandma slumped in a chair, DEAD! As the dark ghostly figures take away grandma, the girl cowers alone, at the base of a staircase, gripping a blanket. In the explanation to the child, her dear Grandma is lumped with a ratty dog and a tree with the phrase, "Everything dies one day." Thank goodness my friend has a wonderful sense of humor and we all got quite a laugh at it. Lessons learned; do more than "Look Inside the Book" and don't buy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Cahill on November 12, 2013
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I found this in a book shop in America when I was visiting last year and when we returned home, I ordered two copies. They are a really great resource to have in our parish library for when children lose grandparents. The story is excellent.
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