TEA WITH GRANDPA by Barney Saltzberg


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together.

Bespectacled Grandpa meets up with his curly-haired granddaughter “[e]very day at half past three” to spend time with each other. Tea is poured, stories are told, songs are sung, and much laughter is shared. Observant readers will notice the girl’s pet cat and Grandpa’s pup cavorting as the gentle vignettes go back and forth between the two characters. Pastel-hued illustrations in what look like watercolor with details drawn using fine black lines have a cheerful cartoon style. Each spread presents one page with a simple line or two of gently rhyming text opposite a vignette of either Grandpa or the little girl. Even though the background colors subtly change from green for the girl’s scenes to pale blue for the grandfather’s, few will predict the unexpected ending that increases this title’s charm and timeliness. When Grandpa says, “I’d like some muffin,” his granddaughter tells him he is “[t]oo far away.” But on the following page, they almost clink their cups together against a pink, heart-shaped background and say their goodbyes face to face…through the computer.

The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg’s intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today’s far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 15th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-59643-894-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2014


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