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I Remember Papa Paperback – May 21, 2001

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Kindergarten-Grade 1AA warm story set in the past. A boy earns a quarter every weekend for getting up early and helping his father on their farm. He keeps the money in a cigar box and saves it to buy a baseball glove. When he and his dad take the train to town to buy new boots, he takes his savings just in case he sees a glove he can afford. They see one in the window of a sporting-goods store that has not yet opened for the day, and then go to a Cincinnati Reds game, where the boy loses the envelope containing his money. His dad then spends his boot money on the glove, explaining that his old boots can be glued to last a while longer. The story is told in the past tense from the boy's point of view, and is warm without being treacly. The realistic, gouache illustrations are filled with natural light and the slow motion of a fond memory, with a nostalgic tone similar to some of the scenes in the baseball movie The Natural.AChristine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 5^-8. Audie reminisces about growing up on a farm and the summer his father took him by train to see the Cincinnati Reds play. Although he enjoys the game very much, Audie is looking forward most to shopping for a baseball glove with the hard-earned quarters he has saved. The boy is crushed when his money disappears, but Papa forgoes new boots for himself to purchase the glove for his son. Shed's gouache on canvas artwork is rich in sepia tones that offer a pleasantly nostalgic look at a Norman Rockwell era. Although the theme of sacrificing for one's children will be lost on young audiences, baseball fans will appreciate this rich family story. Kay Weisman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (May 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140566074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140566079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,087,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Martin on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An exceptional story for 3-8 year-olds. Upon reading it, children will say "Ahh." Adults will say "Wow." Seldom is a writer able to transport the reader so effectively into the story as Helen Ketteman has done. Similar to Allen Say's "Grandfater's Journey", in that the story flows like a magnificent poem, and is embedded with such deep meaning.
"I Remember Papa" is a story set in the 30s or 40s, and centers around Audie, a hard-working farm boy who is saving to buy his very own baseball glove. One day, Audie's father informs him that he is taking Audie on the train to the city, to see a baseball game. Naturally, this is knock-your-socks-off excitement for Auide, as riding the train, and seeing a game, are two very uncommon events in his life.
However the earth shattering moment that'll have you weeping at the end, is the intangible gift that the father gives to his son, which Audie will remember for the rest of his life.
You'll want to buy this and make it a part of your permanent collection, to be passed on for generations to come.
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