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Picture of Grace Hardcover – February 17, 2015
"Leaving a legacy is the dream of every artist. Josh Armstrong's tale reminds us that fame and fortune can never replace true love and admiration. Taylor Bills' illustrations vividly bring the characters to life and wonderfully enhance this emotional story." ―Barry Cook, Co-director of Mulan and Arthur Christmas
"A touching tale!" ―The Children's Book Review
"Inspiring, thoughtful story." ―The Reading Tub
"I will not lie, I had a tear as I closed the book, but I also had a revelation of how much memories matter." ―Espacularaiesa.com
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"Picture of Grace is for anyone, young or old, who is facing a challenge similar to Grace's. I hope the book encourages them to remember, honor and stand up for those they love." ―Josh Armstrong
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Grandpa Walt is the gentle, wise Grandfather of everyone's dreams, but he's not a cardboard character or a stereotype. He's a very real man whose artistic nature puts him at a disadvantage in a fast-paced, profit-obsessed world. His little granddaughter Grace is a spunky kid who's not above trying to stuff the cat into a suitcase for a week-end with Gramps. And as for the manic art gallery owner Delilah Kane, we all know one, don't we?
The illustrations are fantastic. The people aren't the idealized characters of traditional story books or cartoonish freaks. They have bald heads and unfortunate noses and grey hair and wrinkles. They look very real. A child would RECOGNIZE these folks.
It's a story of love and loss and of the treasure of having a family and a family history. Through his last painting, Grandpa Walt leaves Grace the most precious gift of all - a sense of heritage and the remembrance of love. This would be a wonderful book to read to a preschooler to explain the difficult concept of the love that outlives death.
Grace adores spending time with her grandpa, especially while he's painting. In her eyes everything he creates is a masterpiece, but not everyone agrees. Then one day as Grace prepares to visit grandpa, she gets devastating news. As she tries to deal with the loss of someone very dear to her she discovers her grandpa's final painting, which remains unfinished. As Grace and the other family members study grandpa's final piece of work they find much more than they could have hoped for.
I read this story to my 12-year-old daughter over FaceTime while I was visiting the island of Kauai, HI and she was with grandma and grandpa on the mainland. She doesn't normally let me read her bedtime stories anymore, but we were missing each other and she asked for a story. I pulled out my Kindle and this one popped up. She's very close to her grandparents and Picture of Grace instantly touched both of our hearts. This is such a special story and that beautiful moment of reading to her again made it all that more special to me. Grace loves her grandpa with all her heart and aspires to be just like him. However, the instant he encouraged her to be herself I fell in love with grandpa Walt too. This is such a sweet story that deeply touched me. The book is delightfully illustrated which adds to the story's charm.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Armstrong has done a marvelous job with the text and Bills succeeds in depicting the characters' emotions through the beautiful illustrations. While the book is targeted for children ages two through five, its message for families in crisis will be better understood by older children. This book is a valuable resource for families, teachers, librarians and caretakers who need to deal with grief.
Often times, we don’t know what to say or do to help children grieve and move past the pain. Children can see through the teachings of this book, that it’s okay to grieve and cry when they lose someone they love, but in time, they will be able to move past the hurt and be happy again. Definitely a book that you can pass down from generation to generation
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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