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Sunshine Home Paperback – May 23, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-A rare and perceptive book on an increasingly important topic. Nursing homes are a troubling necessity in our busy world, and Bunting tells of one family's transition with dignity, honesty, sensitivity, and just enough humor to make it bearable. Timmy is seven when his grandmother injures herself in a fall and needs full-time nursing care. On his first visit to Sunshine Home, he is afraid that Gram won't be the same and is overwhelmed by the smells and sights of the place. Mom and Gram are both outwardly "cheery and chipper," but their voices don't ring true. When the family leaves Sunshine Home, Mom begins to cry. Timmy runs back to give Gram his forgotten school picture-she too is in tears. The boy realizes it would be better for all of them to reveal their real feelings and brings his parents back for some honest sharing. The family hopes together that Gram will get well enough to come home while accepting that she may not. Bunting once again tackles the tough-and triumphs. de Groat's realistic watercolor illustrations are appropriately heavy on institutional green and poignantly support the text. A must for children's collections that should also be strongly considered for libraries serving nursing homes.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1994 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. About to visit his grandmother at the Sunshine Home for the first time, seven-year-old Timmie is scared but won't say so. Yet he describes the building as "barf green," his stomach hurts when he enters, and he notices his mom speaks in a "bright and sparkly" voice he's never heard before. Once inside, the visit goes well. Best of all, Gram seems the same. But as soon as Timmie and his parents leave, Timmie's mom dissolves into tears. When Timmie runs back inside to give Gram the school picture he'd forgotten, he finds her also sobbing. Gram apologizes and explains she doesn't want anyone to know she's unhappy because it's easier on everyone that way. But Timmie, remembering how his fears were allayed when he confessed them to his dad, insists, "It's better when you tell. Honest. You don't feel so scared." With that, Timmie hurriedly retrieves his parents, and the four share their feelings about missing each other. In her realistic watercolors, de Groat defines the images of Bunting's tender, true-to-life story: Timmie's face stares out at readers with apprehension before he enters the home, then registers discomfort at seeing a bib tied to Gram when she eats, and finally relaxes when he talks with Gram. Scenes in the home are painted in institutional greens, yellows, and corals culled from the floral motifs in the wallpaper and curtains. Youngsters whose families are wrestling with similar concerns over an elderly or unwell grandparent will especially relate to the dilemma conveyed here with honesty and some sadness but with a prevailing hopefulness. Ellen Mandel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618551573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618551576
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Can you imagine when you were sad? Tim in the book Sunshine Home faces a challenge on his journey of being brave. His gram was sad and his mom was sad too because they did not want to leave. He is a nice grandson that wanted to go see his gram. He was scared to go see his gram. The narrator tells us" Because maybe Gram will never be well enough to ride in a red convertible. But maybe she will." which is clue on his journey to understand that his gram is getting older. Sunshine Home is a book about a boy named Tim who is going to see his gram but he is afraid.
By Cheyenne
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I purchased this book for my 2 aunts when my Grandmother passed away. It is a wonderful book about how people really feel. I found it quite therapeutic after my Grandma died. The grandma in the book reminded me of my grandmother - same sweater, liked to have her nails painted and the same hair style. I read it to my children. It is a wonderful and touching book.
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Format: Paperback
Truly a wonderful book. Try reading it to your child without choking up. I have. So far I've failed every time. Eve Bunting uses simple, unsentimental language that delivers a powerful emotional wallop. A quiet and unsparing look at how one family faces -- and conquers, if only for the moment -- the fears and anxieties of aging, separation and loneliness.
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