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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Because Your Grandparents Love You, written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by R. W. Alley. Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Thomas Allen & Son, 2015. $21.99 ages 3 and up

"When you want
to pick the best apples
but the pole isn't long
enough, your grandfather
could say, Those lower
ones will probably taste
just as good.
But he doesn't."

I like to think that I was a patient parent. I know that I am a very patient grandparent, although I don't get nearly enough time to spend with that 'sweet baby girl'. To watch in wonder as she grows, makes new discoveries, melts my heart. It is the way all grandparents feel, isn't it?

A follow-up to his earlier Because Your Mommy Loves You (2012) and Because Your Daddy Loves You (2005), Andrew Clements takes us on a visit to the grandparents' farm where all manner of things might happen. No matter what the grandchildren want to do, they are indulged. Indulged, that is, in the very best sense of the word. Not only are the 'grands' patient with the requests, they are kind and responsive as well.

"When you're ready for bed,
and the guest room
seems chilly
and far away,
your grandmother
and grandfather
follow you
up the stairs.

Grampa reads you a story, and when it's over, he clicks
off the light. But he turns on the night-light, and Grandma
promises to sit in the rocking chair until you're sound asleep."

All of the joy of being together is captured in the quiet text and the accompanying warmth and humor found in R.W. Alley's artwork. The illustrations are created using pen and ink with colored pencils, gouache, and crayons on Bristol board.

Start building your pile of books about grandparents to share with your students and your own children as we get closer and closer to September 13.

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