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My Grandson Lew Paperback – August 30, 2007

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About the Author

Charlotte Zolotow is a revered name in children's literature. She is a prolific, much-honored author with over seventy titles published, including the classic Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present,illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and the groundbreaking William's Doll, illustrated by William Péne du Bois.

In addition, she has been a distinguished editor and publisher (she is now a HarperCollins Publisher Emerita), and by extension, an innovative educator. Her editorial career began under the brilliant Ursula Nordstrom, publisher of Harper Children's Books. The two shared a passionate belief: that children's books should be honest and faithful to the sometimes difficult but always intensely felt experiences of childhood. They were certain that children were capable of understanding the best work gifted artists and writers could give them.

Charlotte Zolotow was born in 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia, but grew up in several cities, including Detroit, New York, and Boston. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and shortly afterward returned to New York, where in 1938 she began working at HarperCollins, then Harper & Brothers.

She started as a secretary, but moved into an editorial career, working with Ursula Nordstrom. Their shared beliefs and the excitement of working with fine writers and artists brought to Harper generations of extraordinary authors and illustrators and gave Harper Children's Books their fresh, innovative quality. Talent was nurtured; books of lasting value were created, many still loved and read decades after they were first published. As Jean Mercier wrote in Publishers Weekly, Charlotte Zolotow would be among the Who's Who of any age, not only as the author of books of her own, but as a force majeure behind many children's books on the distinctive list of Harper.

Charlotte Zolotow has received numerous awards and honors, including the Regina Medal (2002) presented by the Catholic Library Association, the University of Minnesota's Irwin Kerlan Award (1986), the University of Southern Mississippi's Silver Medallion (1990), the Christopher Award (1974), and the Harper Gold Medal for Outstanding Editorial Achievement (1974). Of ongoing significance is the award established in 1998 in her name by the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Charlotte Zolotow Award, presented annually by the University's Cooperative Center for Children's Books, is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year.

The 1991 resolution of gratitude given to Charlotte Zolotow by the American Library Association calls her contribution to children's literature far reaching. That reach extends far indeed. It begins with the many books she has written carry her vision into the hearts of children past, present, and future.

She has written more than seventy books for young children, many of which -- have become picture-book classics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; Revised edition (August 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064435490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064435499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,314,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By edithjane@earthlink.net or Edith Riley on December 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the treasures of children's literature. My daughter chose it from the library one day and read it to me, and I was spellbound as I listened to my five year old read a story of such depth. A little boy of about six years of age remembers his grandfather who cared for him when the boy was barely out of infancy. The boy's memories are so vivid that his mother is overjoyed to discover that the grandfather, who has died, lives on through the memories of her son. A book that no one seems to know about but which my daughter and I have found to be one of the best we have read in our seven years of reading children's books together. A book that should be included on all children's reading lists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Smart on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
My son does not have a father in his life. The only father figure that he had -my stepfather- passed away recently. This book was very helpful for him in helping him -along with other family members- in coping with his grandfathers death. This is a story about a young boy remembering his grandpa who has passed away. The boy only knew him for a short period, but the grandp left a everlasting impression that is kept alive in his grandson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My Grandson Lew, (Ursula Nordstrom Book)

Review by Ryan LaLonde at Book Dads

As part of a pre-Father's Day tradition that we are starting with our son, we walk to the local library and find books that focus on dads or grandpas. The task is quite difficult, unless the library is savvy enough to make a display - which ours did not.

In our search, we found a tiny treasure of a book called My Grandson Lew. Based on the title, I thought it would be a heartwarming tale of a Grandpa and a Grandson going on a trip (the cover has Grandpa with a suitcase and a joyful Lew hugging his leg), but instead it is a simple yet thoughtful story of a boy who remembers his Grandpa after he has passed. His memories touch not only his mother in the story, but the reader as well (at least they did for me).

In this 1974 book (an oldie but still a goodie) Lew wakes from his sleep amid dreams that remind him of the good times with his grandfather. Unbeknownst to his mother, Lew has fond and vivid memories of this grandfather. His amazing candor and appreciation remind his mother that while her father may be gone, he left a lasting impression.

The book shows an ethereal image of the grandfather in all white. He retells the story that his grandfather was there at night when he woke up and need to reassured. Lew remembers different aspects of this grandfather (including his smoking pipe - very 1974). He also remembers the times that his parents were away and how safe and comfortable his grandfather made him feel, and most of all that he misses him.

" I miss him.
So do I, Lew's mother said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Library Binding
This is one of the first books I remember reading. It is the story of Lew, who is remembering his Grandfather and all the things he loved about him. Without being graphic or overbearing, models grieving for young children and helps them articulate what they'd like to remember about loved ones.
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By Lynda Wells on December 27, 2013
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This is such a ridiculously sad book. I suggest reading it yourself until you get to a point where it doesn't make you cry before trying to read it to a child. I'm not implying that there's anything wrong with crying in front of a child. They need to see that adults have feelings too, but if you're trying to teach them about death it would be easier to do if you weren't a weepy mess at the time.

I only gave the book four stars because I didn't feel like the story didn't really teach much. It's a great way to introduce the topic of death but the story itself is very open ended. I suppose that's nice since you can then add in your own beliefs about the afterlife and whatnot in discussion with the child, but if it were to be read on its own I felt the book was emotionally torturous for no good reason. I have no problem with a book (even one aimed at children, Where the Red Fern Grows for example) being sad or discussing death, but have a life lesson or something included.
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