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At harvest time, Anna's Grandpa gives her some kernels of corn to plant in the spring. During the winter, Grandpa dies. Although she had made a promise, Anna does not want to plant the seeds, fearing they will then be lost. But her mother assures her that they will grow, and then she will again hear the music of the wind through the corn as she had with Grandpa. So she plants her seeds; they grow so that finally Anna can hear the same song she had heard with Grandpa. The simple but lengthy text shows hope and love overcoming grief across the generations. Although the text is ample in itself, Bloom's full-page colored pencil, graphite, and soft pastel illustrations reinforce the familial bonding. His colors are muted; shapes blend into rather than stand etched against the landscape. Anna is portrayed as a sensitive child, first grieving, then happy as she fulfills her promise. 2002, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2002 (Vol. 70, No. 16))
A little girl experiences the loss of her grandfather in this sad, sweet tale about death. Anna, a farmer's granddaughter, learns how to hear the "corn make music" from Grandpa. Together during one of their walks through the cornfields, they listen to the wind traveling through the stalks. After she hears the music this creates, Anna's grandfather gives her some corn kernels to plant the following spring and makes her promise that she will. The adult reader will probably know what's coming next when, that winter, Anna's grandfather dies. When spring arrives, Anna's reluctant to plant the kernels. When her mother asks her why, Anna replies, "If I bury them, they'll be gone forever." Her mother says, "They won't be gone, Anna. They'll just be different." Anna finally summons up the courage to plant the seeds and listens to her own "corn music." She also takes a few kernels from the new stalks to plant the next year-a nice moment to suggest the cycle of life. Santucci's (Loon Summer, not reviewed) style is straightforward and her simple language and realistic dialogue serve the subject matter well. The story doesn't unearth any new insights on losing a loved one, but does provide an easy window through which to view grief. Bloom's (When Uncle Took the Fiddle, 1999, etc.) classic colored pencils and pastels reflect the gentleness of the story. Most illustrations are not full spreads, making it better for an intimate read. 2002, Eerdmans, $16.00. Category: Picture book. Ages 4 to 8. © 2002 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Delicately overlapping themes about the cycles of life, Santucci (
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.S23863 An 2002
0802851193 (cloth : alk. paper)|