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To Our Grandparents House We Go!

Debbie Glade reviews 2 special books about spending time with grandparents.

I guess it’s because I adored my grandparents that I love children’s books about kids spending quality time making memories with their grandparents. Cooking with Grandma and Adventures with Grandpa, ($16.99, Hardie Grant Books, ages 3 and up) written and illustrated by Rosemary Mastnak, will take you back to your childhood, if you too loved visiting your grandparents. And with summer just around the corner and many children heading off for vacation time with their favorite relatives, these books will get them excited for mouth watering meals, new adventures and fun!

Cooking with Grandma is all about a girl who makes wonderful food every day of the week with her grandmother, and together they use their imagination to serve it all up. Who wouldn’t want to make sandwiches and then invite a teddy bear to a fancy picnic or make popcorn, get all dressed up and go to the movies in their own living room? Everyone deserves to have a granny like the one in this book!

Adventures with Grandpa is told in simple rhyming prose. The story is about a boy who creates the most imaginative adventures with his grandfather, using objects found in the shed as props. Together they battle a dragon, build a racing car and go up in a hot air balloon.  What a fun and creative grandpa this little boy has, and oh my, the contents of that shed of his are really something!

These stories really pique a child’s imagination. Both books feature beautiful watercolor illustrations against a crisp white background.  They’re whimsical and fun, and you’ll love them.

What cute books these are for grandparents to read to their own grandchildren!

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Life is a Garden

If you thought it was no longer possible to come across a totally original children’s book, then you haven’t read Grandpa Green ($16.99, Roaring Brook Press, ages 5 and up). The story is told through the voice of a great-grandson of a talented gardener. The gardener’s life unfolds through imagery of the many topiaries he created in his garden. From childhood experiences to war, marriage, children and old age, this is a most creative way to illustrate a man’s life.  You’ll find yourself looking at the pictures for a long time.

The book is written and illustrated by talented Caldecott Honor Medalist, Lane Smith (of bestselling It’s a Book fame). Grandparents everywhere will certainly enjoy reading this imaginative picture book to their grandchildren.

– Review by Debbie Glade

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