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WHAT GRANDMAS DO BEST/WHAT GRANDPAS DO BEST by Laura Numeroff

WHAT GRANDMAS DO BEST/WHAT GRANDPAS DO BEST

By Laura Numeroff (Author) , Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-689-80552-7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Numeroff’s grandmas and grandpas are lots of fun to be with in this charming flip-flop book—grandmas on one side, grandpas on the other. What grandmas do best are the same activities that grandpas do best but they do them in different ways. Grandpa’s picnic is a box of pizza on a city park bench; Grandma’s is in a bucolic country setting. Grandma plays cards; Grandpa plays miniature golf. They both play hide and seek, make you a hat, take you for a walk, paint, show their photographs, and teach you to dance, among other things. The point of the book, of course, is that grandparents are important because they give you lots of love. Munsinger’s (Tacky and the Emperor, p. 1041, etc.) watercolor and ink drawings are wonderfully funny and warm. Her animal grandparents and grandchildren come in every size and shape. Some are quite fashionable; others are frumpy. Some are older looking, some younger. Fox, mice, elephants, raccoons and dogs dressed and acting just like people enlarge and enhance the text with their amusing representation of loving adults and children enjoying each other’s company. Grandparents (and their offspring) will love this one. (Picture book. 4-8)