SILAS' SEVEN GRANDPARENTS by Anita Horrocks

SILAS' SEVEN GRANDPARENTS

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Is there such a thing as too much grandparental love?

While the text never explains how Silas, a boy with light skin and brown hair, came to have seven adoring grandparents, have them he does. Nor does the text specify race, but somewhat problematic illustrations indicate that they are a multiracial group of elders. Nana and Oma appear to be white, while Gramma appears black, Opa has light-brown skin (or maybe a tan), Papa’s eyes are not dots like the others’ but lines, perhaps a stereotypical indication that he is Asian, and Granny and Grandad are visually depicted as Native through what some may regard as stereotypical Western dress embellished with feathers and turquoise and positioning near totem poles. They also gift him a dream catcher and take him “to a pow wow and go fishing and canoeing” while the other grandparents offer gifts and activities absent of such broad cultural significance or stereotype. Although Silas loves them dearly, the seven grandparents’ attention can be overwhelming, and when his parents go away he knows he can’t take them all up on their offers to stay with them in their respective homes. The solution? They come stay with him at his house and after busy days, he tucks them in to sleep (though why the closing illustration has them sleeping on the porch is a mystery).

An intergenerational story with a lot of heart and a few missteps. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4598-1640-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2017




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