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Garmann's Summer

by Stian Hole

Hardcover, 42 pages

Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2008-03-18)

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Amazon Description

This unique, award-winning picture book delves into the mind of a young boy who is afraid of starting school. Summer is nearly over. The old aunts have come to visit, and autumn is in the air. Everything is ready for Garmann's first day of school, but he is still nervous. And he can't believe that he hasn't lost a single tooth yet, despite his best efforts! Stian Hole has created a memorable and endearing character in Garmann, whose musings about fear and courage, life and death, beginnings and endings, help him understand that everyone is scared of something. Published in ten languages, Garmann's Summer was the recipient of the 2007 BolognaRagazzi Award, one of the most prestigious international prizes for excellence in children's book publishing, awarded each year in conjunction with the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

One Potato Review

Funny, fearful, curious and completely unaffected, here is a book that never ceases to surprise. A six year old boy spends much of his summer visiting with three old aunts who are not long for this world, and not overly worried about what awaits them. He buries a sparrow. He pulls at his teeth – still not loose – and frets about the twins next door who can ride bicycles and read and spell backwards, and shed teeth with impressive regularity. Though of course he is changed - from contemplating ladybugs and tunneling in the hedges, from chats with his mother and father, and from waving goodbye to the boat carrying his aunts to wherever and (maybe) forever. The greatest and most permanent transformations usually happen where no one else can see, and they are an awesome responsibility, summer or not.

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