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Grandpa Green (2011)

by Lane Smith

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I loved how this story elegantly conveyed the rich experiences in an elderly person's life leading up to their sometimes fragile age all with a sense of love and strong memories. ( )
  AngelaKastrava | May 4, 2017 |
The story about grandpa green's life and how it was lived through by his great grandson through his imagination and memories passed down to create a really sweet story.
  savannahgatesstacy | Nov 29, 2016 |
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Grandpa Green represents love and great memories. This book brought tears to my eyes. This book is about a farm boy who experienced a lot of things in life. He created things to past down to his second and third generations. His grandson had the pleasure of gaining all of his grandpa knowledge. This man was a great artist. This man had a great eye for trees.

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I like the book, it brings a certain type of peace everyone wants in life. This book tells people to live life to the fullest and pass down memories to your children. Tradition is more precious that gold. Kids will like this due the art and the bright colors it displays. The book is telling kids to have fun in life and enjoy what you have learned about it.

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1.As educators this book gives us the opportunity to teach life lesson to our kids. Like listen and absorb what is being taught to you.

2.The kids in class get a chance to know what the name of an animals by its shape.

3.Parents and Educators working together can pass on great knowledge to the kids for years to come.
I give this book four stars ( )
  cedric_edwards | Sep 10, 2016 |
Grandpa Green is about a little boy telling the story of his great grandfather's life. But, instead of pictures of his actual grandpa there are bush head trimmings of the images. His grandpa loved to garden and make images out of the bushes, that is how he remembers the important stuff in life. This book is ab out doing what you love and remembering the important stuff. ( )
  knbenson6584 | Aug 25, 2016 |
Different - as in creative & original. Not a whole lot of humor. The 'adventure' is simply that of Life. The smallest children might only like the art and not want the text at all. That's ok; he can get lost in the art when he uses his imagination. An older child might relate the man in the story to her own grandpa or other older relative, especially if grandpa is developing Alzheimer's, for example. A parent might simply remember his grandpa, or might be inspired to plant a tree.

I must say, I'm usually not fond of philosophical or artsy-fartsy books, metaphysical puzzles and metaphors, hidden meanings (after all, it's not really just about topiary)... but this book has all that and more, and it just blows me away.

I'd say, buy this book for a little one and share it every time Grandpa is expected for a visit, and then on the anniversary of his birthday if he dies before the child is grown. (Of course if they love it let them read it every time they want to.) Each time it's read as the child grows she will get more out of it.

Whatever you do, whether you're reading it on your own, sharing it with a child or with a teen, don't be cynical. If you don't like it the first time, read it at least once more. Let the magic move you. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Grandpa Green's life story is told by his grandson with the very visual aid of a sculptured topiary garden that they both worked on.  The garden is full his life, artistry, memories.  Wonderful illustrations take the reader into the garden itself!
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A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

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