- Hardcover: 26 pages
- Publisher: Bookstand Publishing (March 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1618634623
- ISBN-13: 978-1618634627
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shawn's Book about Grandfathers (Hardcover) Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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This was a very sweet book showing various types of grandfathers. I bought one for a little girl that lives a long way from
one of her grandfathers. I love the illustrations also.
While the book is intended for kids, there's also quite a bit of charm for older readers, as well. Parents reading with their kids will remember their own grandfathers while flipping through the pages, and grandparents will recognize the importance and familiarity of the bond between grandchild and granddad. In this way, the book encourages closeness and a fostering of that bond, reminding both children and grown-ups what's so great about grandfathers. There's also an especially fun page that points out how wonderfully indulgent grandpas can be, reading, "Grandfathers don't worry much about anyone getting hurt. They say `Aw, let them have fun' when your grandmother tells you not to run too fast or jump off things." This simple line brings the joy of having a grandpa home for readers; having the age to inspire their wisdom, they're always willing to let kids play on the tire swings or have Oreos before dinner because they truly do know best.
The bright and fun illustrations of Al Margolis will enchant kids as well; there are so many types of grandfathers present in the pages that kids are sure to find one that resembles their own, which, of course, is the point. Kids and grandparents will have a great time reading this book together.
The colorful illustrations are also sure to capture the attention of young readers, and Al Margolis draws many types of grandfathers throughout the pages, encouraging kids to find one that resembles their own grandpa. The book itself is entertaining, not only to children, but also, no doubt, to the adult reading with them. Lines such as "They will let you sit and watch [television] with them if you don't ask too many questions" and "They will say to your grandmother, `How about fixing us some popcorn?'" are certain to get a chuckle out of adults, especially grandparents. Interestingly, the book is also up-to-date, pointing out that grandpas enjoy watching sports on iPads. This makes the book more relevant to kids of today, most of whom know exactly what an iPad is, and who have likely seen their grandparents use one.
A fun, light, and enjoyable read from beginning to end, Shawn's Book about Grandfathers is a book that will undoubtedly be cherished by readers both young and old, grandkids and grandparents alike, especially if it's read together on a lazy Sunday afternoon - preferably with that popcorn mentioned before.
In this way, the author illustrates the many-faceted love that grandparents have for their grandchildren, as well as gently reminding kids of the age difference between them and their grandfathers, letting them know that just because grandpa doesn't want you to cry, it doesn't mean he doesn't love you.
The book, with its vivid watercolor illustrations by Al Margolis, will undoubtedly remind older readers of their own grandparents, sparking dialogue between kids and adults about grandparents past, and allowing adults a fine trip down memory lane. Grandfathers will love the book as well, especially for lines like, "[Grandfathers] will let you sit on their lap to watch [sports], if you don't talk too much." The wonderfully indulgent nature of grandparents is remarked on throughout the pages, highlighting the way that grandfathers will let their grand kids eat junk food at a ball game or let them come in the house dripping wet after a run in the sprinklers. And really, isn't that exactly what grandfathers are for: to spoil their grand kids and let them run a little wilder than their parents do?
Shawn's Book about Grandfathers is a great read for kids, especially if they have their own grandfathers to read it right along with them.