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What Grandmas Do Best What Grandpas Do Best Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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This companion to the immensely likable What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best is another two-in-one book: after finishing "What Grandmas Do Best," readers can flip the book over to find "What Grandpas Do Best." Again, Numeroff's straightforward text is identical for both segments (both grandmas and grandpas can "play hide-and-seek, make you a hat, and take you for a walk"). The fun lies in Munsinger's magnificently anthropomorphized animals, and the way each grandparent puts his or her spin on the words: Grandma Cat knits her grandkitten a fetching snow hat, while Grandpa Guinea Pig fashions a chapeau out of newspapers, tape and glue. Perhaps because her lead characters are senior citizens, this book is more subdued in tone than its predecessor; Numeroff seems not to have mined her considerable imagination as deeply for comic contrasts (both expected and unexpected) between male and female grandparents. Still, every spread radiates with the gentle and abiding affection that connects the generations. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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PreSchool-Wonderful for quiet lap-sit storytimes with small children, this two-for-one picture book is split in half to tell the same simple story twice. With just a few words per page, the text communicates big concepts succinctly through lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations that differentiate one kind of fun from another. "Grandpas can paint with you" presents young readers with a seriously artistic, oil-and-easel grandfather pig, for example. But a visit with a grandmother gerbil on the other side of the book demonstrates another way to paint altogether. These warm, cheerful vignettes are sure to resonate with children. Many kinds of loving families appear throughout each 17-page story; elephants, dogs, monkeys, and frogs all share quality time with their loving relatives. Children will enjoy noticing the different ways to dance, have a picnic, or make a hat, and while they may find turning the book around to locate them a little awkward, it's a small price to pay for this charming introduction to the special times shared with grandparents.
Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 70L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 8.2.2000 edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689805527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689805523
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fine children's book is actually two books; What Grandmas Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best. The illustrations are very colorful and show the grandparents and grandchildren doing all sorts of fun things together, such as playing hide-and-seek, dancing, going to the beach, and going on a picnic. When you're done reading one of the stories, simply turn the book over and begin the second one!

This is a terrific book for young children. It does a good job of promoting the bond between grandparents and young children, and it also gives them many fun ideas of different things they can do with grandma and grandpa. This has become a favorite of my children, and they enjoy hearing both stories before bed. Pick up this good children's book and learn about the many fun things children can do with their grandparents. Your children will thank you for it.
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I love the way Laura Numeroff offers the wonderful message that Grandma and Grandpa can do the same things. They just might approach them a little differently. This includes what they do best. For example, they both play games with their grandchild. Grandma plays cards and Grandpa plays miniature golf. They both make hats for their grandchild. Grandpa makes folded newspaper hats and Grandma knits hats. Every page emphasizes the special bond between grandchild and grandparent - especially when they get to what Grandma and Grandpa do best.

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This is a cute little book that flips for What Grandmas Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best. Its the same book on both sides though. I was a little disappointed in that. I like the story and the pictures, but its a simple story and I feel like if you are going to do a flip book, it would be easy to write about special things each would do instead of making it the same for both grandparents. I guess I have mixed feelings. Its a cute book, but I feel it could be so much better. I wish it made Grandma and Grandpa unique in what they could do best.
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Perfect for my class of five year olds as we celebrated Grandparents' Day at our school!!
Love that it is not stereotypical (both grandparents like to cook), and they both love the beach but do different things while there.
Great book for multicultural purposes, too since these are 'animals' and not people- universal values all around!
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This is a fun and simple two-in-one picture book that is part of a popular series. After finishing "What Grandpas Do Best," you can flip the book over to read the identical text in "What Grandmas Do Best." Both grandpas and grandmas are shown playing hide-and-seek, helping build a sand castle and singing a lullaby. Although both grandpas and grandmas are doing the same activities, the grandpas are always doing it in a more masculine way, and the grandmas are doing it in a more feminine way. Grandpas are depicted as guinea pigs, pigs, elephants, bulldogs and monkeys while the grandmas are depicted as cats, mice, frogs, raccoons and a type of terrier. There are just a few words per page, and the illustrations are done in ink and watercolor. We live thousands of miles away from our parents, but this book does a wonderful job of helping remind our daughters how much their grandparents love them.
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This is a sweet little book. One side covers what Grandpas do best. When you flip the book over, it discusses what Grandmas do best. I bought this book for some new grandparents. This book is also done in What Daddies and Mommies do best.
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This book, What Grandmas Do Best, flips over to become What Grandpas Do Best. This is a companion book to What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best, and I think it is as wonderful as the first. We are waiting for the final critic, the nearly three year old great niece, who fell in love with the Mommies/Daddies book and had to have her own copy.
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By smb on April 17, 2013
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I have bought this book many times for my friends when they became first time grandparents. This and a "Love my Grandpa/ Love my Grandma" bib makes a nice gift. We received this book from my daughter when she gave us our first grandchild.
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