Based on the author's memory of her own grandfather, this is told in the present tense but set in a time when an old man would put spats on to go out and one of his female friends might own a girdle shop. A retired tailor, Grandfather Freddy makes coats for the little-girl narrator and takes her along when he visits his friends. His Hungarian origin shows up in his English pronunciation--but ""he likes the Spanish newspaper and the Spanish radio station, because this year he is learning to speak Spanish."" This is nothing but a fond description, with no pretense to a story, but with some engaging particulars (such as Freddy's bowl of glass fruit--""You can plug it in, and the fruit lights up and turns red"") and a nice sense of Freddy as a grandfather. Langner's affectionately off-kilter soft pencil drawings provide a warm, folksy ambiance.