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Grandparents' Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School? Hardcover – August, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Great Quotations (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882835379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882835379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The spiral notebook format and pockets in each chapter were great, that was a definate plus for this book.
Amazon Customer
A great way to leave those memories behind in this day of computers and not telling "family history stories" any more.
Karen Knudsen
It is a delightful way to spend some time with your family - just pick the book up and start asking questions aloud.
GenuineImitation

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161 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2009
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I purchased 4 of the "grandparents" books because even after going through all of the reviews, I couldn't decide on which to get. These are for my two young children to give to my parents and my in-laws.
The following are the 4 I purchased:

Grandparents' Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School?
Memories for My Grandchild
A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words
Grandparents Journal

We decided to keep the "Memories for My Grandchild" for both of or Mom's and my husbands grandma. It was between this and "A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words" which I also liked very well. Both have spiral notebook style rather then regular book style. Ultimately we decided on "Memories for My Grandchild" because I liked the organization better and the pocket in the back for storage is nice.

The questions in both were great but, we returned ""A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words". I liked that it was organized by month. This would be a good method for having grandparents complete it within one year yet, they could complete it differently if they preferred. I was just thinking if you were ever looking for specific info on the person who completed it, you would have to read through the entire book to find as it isn't organized in any other way besides months.

And we kept "Grandparents' Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School? " for both of our Dads. The questions in "Grandparents' Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School? " were really both of our favorites, very original and things we wouldn't normally think to ask. It is a very casual, easy going book while still organized nicely into categories. It seemed to fit both of our Dads better.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Great grandparent journal. Gender neutral. 8 x 8 inch. Black and white photos of typical families in the 1940-1960s about every 6 pages. Questions include the usual and the unusual ("did you like popsicles?", less organized (and less creative) than other journals. Not as much room for writing (again a plus or minus) compared to other journals.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Legawiec on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was written in 1997, and was perhaps relevant back then. Fifteen years later, the questions are sorely outdated. My mother (my daughter's grandmother, who we bought this for) was born in 1952 and the Great Depression didn't shape her family nearly as much as the space race, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam war did. This book asks questions such as "What do you think of computers?" My mom uses a computer, smart phone, and tablet every day at work and at home. "Were you afraid to be old?" My 60-year old mother does NOT consider herself old. It features several quotes from children including a gem that says, "I like to hear stories from elderly people."

I honestly think my parents, and my husband's parents, who came of age in the 1970s, would be insulted by this book. Luckily, my own grandmother and my husband's grandparents, who were born in the 1930s, are still living. I will give this book to them, instead.

This book is a fabulous concept, but it needs an update, and soon, if it is to be relevant to the baby boomers that are today's grandparents. Heck, I was born in 1974 and if I had gotten an earlier start, I could be a grandparent myself. I'd be answering questions like, "what did classic Coke taste like" and "where were you when the Berlin wall came down?"
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Acker on October 8, 2010
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I purchased several memory books like this as possible grandparent's gifts. Since our family had had divorces, I wanted to be sure the questions made sense in our context (for example, my step-mother would not be able to answer questions about what I was like as a child). Of the several I ordered, this made the most sense for my parents (dad and step-mom) -- I plan to give this to both of them and have them fill it out together. In this manner, it doesn't become awkward for a "blended" family like some others did.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GenuineImitation on December 30, 2011
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this is a great book - at least, for MY family. Some families might have the kind of grandparent who can talk about their lives easily, but my dad can't. this book is different from all the others in that it is questions asked by children, so there are many fun questions along with the more serious ones. My FAVORITE question in the book is "did you have to eat carrots when you were seven?" and it's asked by a seven year old. There is also a question something like "did a war ever effect you in any way?" Anyone who has ever lived through a war can appreciate the irony in the fact that there are only about 10 blank lines to answer that question! My dad just chuckled and said "yes!" so that he wouldn't fill up the entire page (or pages..) We've heard all my dad's stories a million times, but this book brought out lots of new ones. Asking about carrots is a clever way to hear how great a cook my dad's grandmother was.. the questions can just prompt more questions! We weren't sure how he was going to take it - he can be grumpy. but he seems to really enjoy looking at it!

Also, we got several books to try out, as I understood they were all quite different. This was the only one that seemed to have some humor (lightheartedness?) to it. The others we got seemed SOOOOO melancholy: the good old days and all that. Also, they were geared toward people who had had a successful, traditional marriage. We got these for several grandparents, and the books just did not fit the patterns of their lives. They were also laid out in monthly installments (so December was about holidays and June was all about weddings and marriage). Also, the style of this book is more upbeat: the coloring and style of the others we got seemed like it was from 1989.
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