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Grandparents!

Children's Picture Book

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Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Grandparents! is an amusing, and surprisingly informative, little picture book that will appeal to young children and grandparents alike. This children's picture book was originally published in France in 2001. The first American edition was published by Kane/Miller Book Publishers in 2003.

The Layout and Theme

As you might expect, Grandparents! is all about grandparents, with an emphasis on their activities with their grandchildren. Each two-page spread emphasizes a different point about grandparents. Multiple, small colorful illustrations dot the pages. Topics include: the different names grandparents are known by, from Grandma and Grandpa to Pop-Pop and Nana; how grandparents have different personalities, interests, and lifestyles; how grandchildren spend vacation and other time with grandparents, as well as how grandparents spend their time, from those who work full-time to those who "have nothing but time, and lots of ideas."

The author and illustrator, Roser Capdevila and Anne-Laure Fournier le Ray, combine brief and amusing text with humorous cartoon sketches, to good effect. With so many small illustrations on each page, there's a lot to talk about, and something to discover each time you look at the book. The book gently covers aging and the loss of grandparents, as well as grandparents who live far away. The overreaching theme is the love that grandparents have for their grandchildren, the love grandchildren have for their grandparents, and the importance of grandparents to the whole family.

My Recommendation

I recommend Grandparents! for three- to five-year olds. This little picture book would also make a nice gift for grandparents, especially new grandparents. (Kane/Miller Book Publishers, First American Edition, 2003. ISBN: 1929132468)
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