Grandpa Green

Grandpa Green

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596436077
1596436077
Branch Call Number: PICTURE BOOK
Characteristics: [30] p. :,col. ill. ;,23 x 29 cm.

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QueenBoadicea Aug 06, 2015

With illustrated topiaries so vivid you feel as if you could just reach out and brush them with your hands, Mr. Smith gives us this deceptively simple tale of a young boy traveling through his great-grandfather’s past to his present. We are led gently as if through a green labyrinth down the long corridors of this extensively lived existence. The greenery illustrates the passage of this man’s life in one clever and sweet image—always by clipped sculpture—after another.

Some people may find the monochromatic theme to be a little dull but stick with it. This is an attractive picture book, a fitting present to introduce children to the richness of life outdoors and the wealth of family history.

FindingJane Aug 05, 2015

With illustrated topiaries so vivid you feel as if you could just reach out and brush them with your hands, Mr. Smith gives us this deceptively simple tale of a young boy traveling through his great-grandfather’s past to his present. We are led gently as if through a green labyrinth down the long corridors of this extensively lived existence. The greenery illustrates the passage of this man’s life in one clever and sweet image—always by clipped sculpture—after another.

Some people may find the monochromatic theme to be a little dull but stick with it. This is an attractive picture book, a fitting present to introduce children to the richness of life outdoors and the wealth of family history.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 17, 2015

The pages are abundant with little bits of business. The narrator collects items in his wagon as he travels through the seemingly never-ending garden. A trowel, watering can, eyeglasses are all picked up as the child makes his way to Grandpa Green. The story is a gentle one, with sparse, simple text allowing the pictures to do the heavy lifting.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/grandpa_green_smith

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skyekilaen
May 30, 2015

It's a quiet, sweet book narrated by the great-grandson of a gardener. He shows the reader all the important things that happened in his great-grandfather's life - you know they were the important things because there are topiaries in his great-grandfather's garden representing them. Some are silly, some are sad. I love the respect shown to the great-grandfather, and that his passion is horticulture (somewhat non-traditional for a man), and the connection between the child and his Grandpa Green.

kimrae Jun 29, 2013

Enjoyable book. Lovely illustrations.

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kclaura2003
Mar 16, 2012

Great book with amazing illustrations! Would make a good read along book!

lms Dec 17, 2011

On the 2011 GoodReads Picture Book List

SusanWoods Dec 10, 2011

Lovely story about the life of a grand parent as seen through the eyes of a child as he explores his grandfathers garden.

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ckaterun
Nov 10, 2011

Rank this one right up there with Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge--love the elders in your life and remember you may one day become one.

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Oct 28, 2012

hayflea thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 4

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