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In Plain Sight: A Game by Richard Jackson
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In Plain Sight: A Game

by Richard Jackson

Other authors: Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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Sophie is the type of a child who has a kind heart and knows how to respect the elders. She lives with her mom, dad, and grandpa. She helps her grandpa finding his stuff and always do something that her grandpa asked her to do.
Ages: 4-7
Source: DuPont Pierce County Library System ( )
  Chanyang | Aug 18, 2017 |
This is a heart-warming story for ages 4-7 about the close relationship between a little girl, Sophie, and her grandfather, who lives with her and her parents in a cozy brownstone apartment. The grandfather is confined to a wheelchair, and so Grandpa “lives by the window.”

Every day when Sophie gets home from school, he asks her to find some everyday object he claims to have misplaced. It is usually in plain sight so readers can find it easily along with Sophie. The placement of the objects also reveals something about the Grandpa’s past, so readers can surmise he was a policeman, and he used to play football, and he loves to read and play checkers with Sophie.

The full-bleed pencil and watercolor illustrations by award-winner Jerry Pinkney are lovely, with a warmth that reflects the relationship between Sophie and Grandpa. In each picture Grandpa’s cat plays a role as well, which will add to its charm for young readers.

Evaluation: This would make a good book for parents and children to have a participatory reading, in which the kids can help find the missing objects and identify all the interesting details in Grandpa’s room. ( )
  nbmars | Aug 13, 2017 |
A young girl enjoys a relationship with her grandfather who lives with them and is confined to his wheelchair. She says he lives in the window. Beautifully illustrated book shows a loving family and their bonds.
  jet6 | May 13, 2017 |
This book is about a young girl who has a special game of "hide and seek" that she plays with her ailing grandfather. Each day when she visits him he tells her he's lost something (a paperclip, his pencil, etc.) and she finds it. The reader can play along by scouring the illustrations and trying to find the missing item, though it might be difficult as a read aloud to a whole class. This is a playful story, but goes nowhere. You could use it as a tie-in to a unit on family or multi-generational studies. ( )
  Tessa.Johnson | Apr 5, 2017 |
There are 3 different reasons why I liked this book. One reason is language of the book. This book had a lot of dialogue throughout the entire book between the young girl in the story and her grandfather. The dialogue really helps the reader to see the bond the two have for each other. The young girl every day asks her father how the day was and it changes for each day. Second, I enjoyed the characters. The characters consisted mainly of a young girl and her grandfather and they were depicted nicely. They would be very believable and young children who have a live in grandparent would relate to this book by maybe having some of the same connections with their grandparent that these two had. The third reason I enjoyed this book is because of the point of view that author uses. The point of view changes between first and third person point of view depending on if it is dialogue or the narrator. This is helpful for young readers because it allows them to see an example of writing in two different forms and can help them for when they begin to write using dialogue. ( )
  kblanc2 | Mar 13, 2017 |
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Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to.

"Here I am, Grandpa!"
"Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"

As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he's "lost" throughout the day, guiding Sophie on a tour through his daily life and connecting their generations in this sweet, playful picture book illustrated by Caldecott Medalist and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Jerry Pinkney.
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"An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find"--

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