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Grandaddy and Janetta Together: The Three Stories in One Book Hardcover – March 20, 2001
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Going off to the countryside to visit a relative you've never seen before can be a daunting prospect, especially for a little city girl like Janetta. The last place she wants to be is at her grandaddy's rickety farmhouse with its bare dirt yard and mean-looking animals everywhere. But as Janetta soon learns, how you feel about the world depends on how you look at things. What at first seems strange and frightening becomes wondrous when filtered through the prism of Grandaddy's wry humor. No matter what the situation, Grandaddy has some delightful tall tale to offer, whether he's talking about worms or dancing insects. It's soon obvious that, like the stars in the sky, Grandaddy and Janetta belong together.
Previously published separately, these three delightful stories about a strong and loving connection between the generations are now brought together in one chapter book. As their relationship unfolds, it's clear that Grandaddy has become the rock that Janetta, who appears to have no father, can always count on. His wise observations help her sort through the unsettling emotional questions all young children face--am I loved, who can I count on, what if my world changes? Whatever Janetta most needs--whether it be a kitten to love, an affirmation of her singular talents, or a good laugh--Grandaddy magically provides. Readers will find the expressive original illustrations by renowned artist James Stevenson reproduced in black and white. Overall, this early chapter book is an affecting, soul-satisfying story collection about the steadfastness of love. (Ages 4 to 8) --Marianne Painter
Gr. 2-5, younger for reading aloud. Three great picture books--Grandaddy's Place (1987), Grandaddy and Janetta (1993), and Grandaddy's Stars (1995)--are collected here in one chapter book, with James Stevenson's beautiful, scribbly ink-and-watercolor pictures converted to black and white. The stories work well in sequence, with words and pictures expressing the bond between the city child and the country grandparent, who are so different and become so close. Hazel Rochman
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This is a remarkably sweet--but never cloying--book. The book is a reprint of three previously published books, but the stories flow together so well that it seems as though they were originally designed to be one book. The chapters are short enough and contain enough pictures to encourage beginning chapter book readers. The characters are engaging and the stories are funny and frequently touching.