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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (June 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698114485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698114487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The newest addition to this prolific author's library of autobiographical picture books celebrates his childhood relationship with his grandfather--"We're named after each other, Tommy. That's why I want you to call me Tom instead of Grandpa." Together they read the Sunday comics, share stories, or tend to the butcher section of Tom's store. While the actual story line is minimal--Tommy gets in trouble for scaring classmates with a chicken-foot prank Tom taught him--the fans who cherish these reminiscences (adults as well as children) will welcome this skillful evocation of an all-important intergenerational bond. Touches of old-world humor and wisdom add sparkle to the tale, in which dePaola's idiosyncratic, apple-cheeked characters are rendered in bright, sunny colors. The sepia-toned portraits, simulating pictures from a scrapbook, that adorn the jacket and title page enhance the book's nostalgic tone. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- As he did in Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Puffin, 1978) and The Art Lesson (Putnam, 1989), de Paola has used his own childhood memories to create a slice-of-family-life picture book. The simple, plain text tells of the close relationship between Tommy and his namesake grandfather, Tom. They read the comics together, act out poems and make up stories, and, in the final vignette, play practical jokes with discarded chicken parts (Tom is a butcher, by trade). The pictures are in the artist's familiar style, but they have more personality than some of his recent books in which the figures seem merely decorative. Tom and Tommy seem to be truly interacting rather than just posing in the same frame. There is a lively yet homey look to the characters and their surroundings. Although this book does not have the depth of feeling found in some of the author's previous titles, readers are given a fond glimpse of a grandfather who is a bit of a character and who, most importantly, loves his grandson. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

"Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his ""singular attainment in children's literature,"" the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his ""continued distinguished contribution,"" and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for his books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tom is a beautiful tale about a boy's special relationship with his grandfather. This autobiographical story about dePaola's childhood is touching and entertaining. It is a reminder that the special moments in our lives are the little things that are happening everyday. Tom and his grandfather work together, talk together, and even get into a little mischief. I used this book in my kindergarten classroom when discussing biographies. The children loved the story because they could relate to it and could tell a similar tale of their own about someone special to them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith on April 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful way for your child to connect with his or her grandparent. A great opener for conversations and stories and a little history as well. A humorous look at what life was like for Tommy and his grandfather Tom in the the late 1930's.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Children's Book Lover on June 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Tomie dePaola is a pure genius when it comes to the art of storytelling! I recommended this book to a friend after he related a couple of stories that illustrated his own father had a sense of humor similar to TOM's! I read the negative reviews and had to comment about this one. My kindergarten students LOVE this story! Do I explain to them about "General Stores" and "butchers" and lots of other words, sometimes, another child explains or clarifies for the class. Many have never heard words before that come up in this and many other stories we read together. The children don't find this story over-the-top. I explain that many small towns used to have only a General Store, these were owned by families--parents, grandparents and children worked at the stores. I tell them that my husband's grandparents owned a General Store and have brought in pictures of it to share with them! Some people here get bent about the chicken killing, sheeeeeeeeeesh, but as I explain to children, it was part of a butcher's life. And we still have "butchers" today that work at all the big-chain grocery stores. (Oh, adults: chicken are STILL killed nowadays for you to eat! And the life of a chicken today is far worse--so if you admit that you eat chicken, now you will have to deal with that guilt. LOL)

Tomie had a great Grandpa, and yes, he was a chicken killer. He also smoked a pipe--both politically incorrect nowadays, I guess.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
My three-year-old and I love this book. Tommy shares an affectionate, somewhat silly relationship with his grandfather Tom. The grandfather's love of the boy is obvious in the nutty games he plays with chicken parts. Just a little naughty, which of course appeals to a child. I was a teacher and have read many children's books. There is something dear and wonderful about all Tomie dePaola's books and this is one of our favorites.
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By S. Wagner on December 25, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love Tomie dePaola and his childhood stories. "TOM" is definitely my all time favorite! The first time I read this story to my first graders, my mom was in my classroom helping. She enjoyed it just as much as the kids. I look forward to reading this book to my kids at the beginning of every school year and get many requests throughout the school year to read the "chicken feet" book again.
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By Anna15 on December 24, 2013
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I bought this wonderful book because I am going to try a literature author study for each of my small reading groups this year. Tomie dePaola was my first choice of authors for my third graders. His writing is fun and accessible for all kids. Plus - the artwork is always wonderful!
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By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was subbing for a 2nd grade class today and this book was left for me to read. I had never read it before. I LOVE children's books and my kids own hundreds of books. I was laughing as I tried to read this book to the class. I agree...some of it is a little disgusting, but it's not made up disgusting...chicken heads and feet DO get cut off! Find the humor in the book and focus on the special bond of a child and his grandfather and you'll enjoy the book.
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