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Author: Josh Armstrong

Illustrator: Taylor Bills

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Publisher: Joshua E. Armstrong, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Grace loves spending time with Grandpa Walt - especially in his studio. She wants to be an artist, just like her grandfather. When he passes away, she struggles with a way to remember him and honor the wisdom that he has shared with her. This is a story of shared love between a grandparent and child.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 6 and Up

Age of Child: Read by a 13-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our teen loved Grace. She was very close to her grandfather, and like Grace, could relate to her feelings of connecting with something they did together. She was most vocal, however, about Delilah - whom she said looks and acts like Cruella DeVille.

Adult Reader Reaction: My initial reaction was that this was a book for helping children with the loss of a loved one - in part based on my daughter's reaction. But when I read it a second time and listened more closely to Grandpa Walt, it became a more inspiring, thoughtful story. Quiet, but with a lot of power.

Pros: Readers of all ages can enjoy this gentle story of love, hope, and personal growth.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a special story that you will remember long after close the book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A MANGO FOR GRANDPA   BLOWING BUBBLES   IN GRANDPA'S HANDS; A Child's Celebration of Family

Educational Themes: This is a great story to encourage children to write - or draw - notes to people they love. It may also help open discussions with children struggling with the loss of someone close to them.

Notes: The Reading Tub® reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, death and loss, grandparents, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2015

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