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GRANDPARENTS! by Anne-Laure Fournier le Ray


by Anne-Laure Fournier le Ray & illustrated by Roser Capdevila

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-929132-46-8
Publisher: Kane Miller

Children and grandparents both get input about their proper respective roles in this small French import. In fine-lined vignettes, several per page, Capdevila portrays a single family with a few extras trotted in now and then, demonstrating particular aspects or variations of the grandparent/grandchild relationship. Fournier le Ray explains in brief captions and headers that some grandparents are always busy, while others have a little free time, and some seem to have an endless quantity; some “are always there to make us feel better,” but some tire easily, while others go on and on, and so forth. In sum, “grandparents are important! It’s because of them that we get together as a family. It’s because of them that we are a family!” Can’t argue with that. Particularly useful for clueless elders and for children who are a little hazy on family ties beyond those of sibs and parents; this makes an upbeat alternative to such thematic cousins as Shelly Rotner’s Lots of Grandparents (2001), or Margaret Wild’s Our Granny (1994). (Picture book. 4-6)