Read: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith


This is one of my new favorite children’s books. I liked it so much, in fact, that I plan on buying it, which is a big deal for me because I’m in love with the library.

Grandpa Green is a simple book with thoughtful text and beautiful pictures. It shows a boy’s journey through his grandfather’s topiary garden. His grandfather is becoming forgetful, but the garden tells his life story, which the little boy shares with the reader.

My kids loved looking at the pictures in this book. Aren’t they great?

On the second or third read we noticed that the little boy is picking up different objects that his grandfather has left behind in the garden. I loved that it had references to things like World War II and The Wizard of Oz. It provides a great opportunity to explain some of these things to younger children.

Grandpa Green received the 2012 Caldecott Medal. I would rank it right up there with other Medal winners like Where the Wild Things Are. It’s a classic.


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