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Grandpa Green

by Lane Smith

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Roaring Brook Press (2011-08-30)

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Amazon Description

Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it's a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.

Book Details:

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publication Date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 32

One Potato Review

“He was born a really long time ago – before computers or cell phones or television,” begins a boy about the grandpa of the title (actually a great grandfather) who’s hiding in the margins till the end. It’s a pretty short book, but a long, eventful life; the pictures do most of the storytelling. Here’s a little green man in a bowler hat taking shelter under an umbrella-shaped tree, a bunny, a wizard, a lion carved out of the hedges, chickens and chicken pox – and here is an artist with the confidence to pull this off: not half as concerned with what we don’t understand the first time around as everything there is to discover when we return. 

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