Grandpa Green – Book Review

Review: what The Bibliotherapy Project loves about this book

(Scroll down for a book description)

This is a beautiful, gentle story with gorgeous illustrations. It shows not only that the elderly’s stories live on in memory (even if the person himself forgets) but also that someone experiencing memory loss is still a three-dimensional person with a history and personality.

We treasure our loved ones for their past and their present, and the world is better because they’re in it.

Who it’s for

Ages 5-9. Great for any child, and will be especially relatable for those with a loved one struggling with memory loss, Alzheimers, or dementia.

Be Aware

The grandfather of the main character is affected by memory loss.

This book touches on a painful subject while focusing on the positive. It does not deeply explore the abandonment or suffering a grandchild can feel. In fact, the lighthearted approach the book takes is part of its charm.

What it’s about

From the publisher’s website 1/27/2020

From the creator of the national bestseller It’s a Book comes a Caldecott Honor-winning timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.

Grandpa Green wasn’t always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green’s great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten.

In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it’s a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.

This title has Common Core connections.

Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Picture Books title for 2011.
One of School Library Journal‘s Best Picture Books of 2011.

Featured Quote

“But the important stuff…the garden remembers for him.”

Grandpa Green by Jane Smith

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