Reading Measurement Programs:
Lisa Hillstrom (Children's Literature)
The story leads us on a symbolic circle--grandad's life through an apple tree's seasons. It begins at a full-grown apple tree with the children talking about their grandad. Each season of the tree is a season in their grandad's life. First he was a man, then a husband, next a father, and then a grandad. The soft illustrations gently lead the reader through grandad's life and then to his death. Delicately, the reader is reminded that people don't go away forever because of the memories that are left behind. The story ends back at the apple tree, where the children plant another seedling next to it in remembrance of their grandad. This book is a celebration of life more than anything else. It may help the very young understand aging, or it may help to cope with the loss of a loved one. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8.
S. Latson (Parent Council Volume 8)
This beautifully illustrated book about the cycle of life uses an apple tree as metaphor. Leigh plants a seed with her grandfather and then watches it bloom and grow. As the apple tree changes with the seasons, the family changes and grows older. The love they have for their grandfather, however, continues forever. A gentle book, with a simple, yet powerful message. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 3 to 10.
Wade Kinnin (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 13, No. 2))
THE GRANDAD TREE is a story about the seasons and changes of life. Vin and her brother Leigh relate how the apple tree in their backyard will be there forever. It will remind them of all the many times they played with their Granddad underneath it. In spring the tree is covered with blossoms, in summer the tree bears fruit, in autumn the leaves fall off, and in winter it is covered with snow. The apple tree changes with the seasons, yet it does not go away. Therefore, their love and memories of their Granddad will be there forever because they will remember. This story presents a great analogy for those children who have had to deal with the death of a loved one. As long as they remember all the wonderful times they have shared with the person, that loved one will live forever. The beautiful full-page illustrations captivate the reader and depict the changes in the seasons and in life. Grades PreK-2. 2000, Candlewick, Unpaged, $15.99. Ages 3 to 8.
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.C77494 Gr 2000
0763608157 (alk. paper)|