A young girl spends time with her beloved grandfather—but then must cope with losing him.
In spring, she takes long walks with Grandpa, holding hands, exploring “the budding springtime.” Each season brings new memories—racing toy cars, a gift of a handmade notebook, tales from Grandpa’s childhood in India. Nostalgia follows each season’s activities; she sits alone on a page crowded with flowers and butterflies saying, “If all the world were springtime, / I would replant my grandpa’s birthdays / so he would never get old.” She wishes she could make her grandpa better just by listening, but the day comes when his chair is empty. A final gift he made and left for her, a new, handmade notebook, is just the place to “write and draw, / and write / all my Grandpa / memories inside.” The smiles and hugs this endearing pair shares will make readers want to cherish those they love. Strong strokes in primary colors against a white background create dynamic images full of details to pore over. The girl’s parents and grandpa share a dark brown complexion, and the girl’s dark curls echo the red curls of a white grandma in family photographs.
This lyrical tale of love, change, loss, and the healing power of art and memory will move readers of all ages. (Picture book. 4-12)