November 9, 2011
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Great-grandpa was born a really long time ago. He grew up on a farm full of animals. Read all kinds of great books when he had chicken pox and wanted to study horticulture, but a war got in the way.
Pulling a wagon full of gardening gear, the young narrator tells us all about great-grandpa’s life as demonstrated through an amazing collection of topiary. As he moves through the garden, he finds a forgotten picnic, a lost pair of glasses and a hat and, finally, great-grandpa himself.
Lane, best known for colorful illustrations and a wacky sense of humor, tells a gentle tale of family, aging and memory — both keeping it and loosing it. The young narrator clearly adores his great-grandfather and the garden he has created, a garden we fully expect the narrator to maintain in the future.
Better for cuddling and bed time reading than a rollicking story time, this book would be a great one for a parent or grandparent to share with a young child. Or even for one adult to give to another.
Sweet, but not overly so, and touching, this one is sure to find a place of honor on many a bookshelf.
See why in this trailer.