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We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.
Continuing with the theme of yesterday (EARTH DAY!), today we're exploring a Picture Book title that celebrates Mother Earth as well as our generational connections. It's creative and filled with imagination, simply begging you to explore your own "ocean" of surprises. Ready or not, here comes today's title on deck....
A Grand Tale with Grandpa
Abrams Books for Young Readers
This is the story of one family coming together in more ways than one. It's not a simple thing for older and younger generations to settle into a shared routine, even if it's for the betterment of them both. Here, Grandpa has come to live with his family in the city...from the great outdoors. He lived a the life of a fisherman for oh-so-many years, but now...all he sees are the crazy busy streets and overall hustle bustle of a place that seems to be leaving him behind. Even his lovely granddaughter can't seem to distract him from his melancholy, at least until she lets his stories of "the big one" inspire her to creation. The product of that spark? A game so filled with imagination that there is no room left for sorrow, soulful blues, or the one that got away...only the here and now, the life he has to live, and the family he cherishes only a heartbeat away.
I love how the author shared this tender story of life changes with no emotions spared and yet so filled with promise that you simply new something was going to turn all their frowns upside down. The illustrations that accompany this creative tale bring the fantastical to life and invite readers of all ages to see just what lies in their own riverbeds and streams, just outside their windows. Is that a dogfish perhaps over by the couch? Maybe a refrig-acuda lurking in the kitchen? Or the illusive SUVfish in the driveway? It's a wild and quirky tale filled with so much heart that one can't help but get caught up in the lot of it.
About the author and illustrator...
Gideon Sterer is a debut picture-book author and a recent graduate of Oberlin College. He lives in Brooklyn. Poly Bernatene is an Argentinean illustrator who’s worked on more than 60 children’s books all over the world, including Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira and The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett.
Special thanks to Abrams Books for the copy or review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title just released April 11th, 2017 via Abrams Books for Young Readers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!