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Grandpa Green (2011)

by Lane Smith

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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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Charming little picture book about a grandfather who tells stories through topiary. There is a mention that he forgets things, so it could be an entry point to discussions about aging or dementia. Audience probably K-2. ( )
  KSchellVT | Mar 31, 2022 |
Very lovely illustrations and a sweet, melancholy story. Way too mature for my toddler but one that we will read when he is a bit older. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
Cried again. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book could be one that is read just for fun. It is about a boy who learns his grandpa's life through his garden. I think it is a fun and cute book for low grades. ( )
  Kym23 | Apr 30, 2021 |
This is an exceptional book, and a wonderful, spot on way of blending story and artistry that leaves the reader smiling.

Told by a little boy who is journeying through the story of his great grandfather via the topiaries he so loved to make. As we follow the little boy through the garden path where large green topiaries remind him of the love that continues throughout all the years of the garden.

We learn that
the grandpa was born a long time ago, grew up on a farm, got chicken pox in fourth grade (not from the chickens), and so the little boy read while recovering.

His great grandfather studied horticulture, in middle school stole his first kiss, married his wife he met in France during the war....and they never fought!

As the reader progresses into the journey of lovely green, the boy notes the great grand pa grew old and forgot things, but when he forgot, the topiaries told his story.

This is a Caldecott Honor Book. I'm surprised it did not receive the Caldecott Medal. ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 25, 2021 |
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He was born a really long time ago,
before computers or cell phones or television.
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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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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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