Grandpa Green is a beautifully gentle picture book. Quietly unassuming, this one is reminiscent of A Sick Day For Amos McGee in its gentle pace yet effective content - I loved it!
The story of Grandpa Green's life is told by his "great-grandkid"
"He was born a really long time ago,"
He tells of quirky details from his childhood ... the chickenpox in fourth grade, life on a farm, the discovery of fantastic stories, all aptly accompanied by an abundance of beautiful illustrations ... of topiaries!! Oh yes, you may get green finger envy from this one. Children delight in spotting the trees shaped in to images reflecting the content of the story - beautiful, whimsical and green of course!
I must admit I feared the worst as I approached the ending of the book, but I needn't of worried! Grandpa Green is still alive and well, retaining his memories in the eclectic topiary garden for those times when his own memory fails him ...
"the garden remembers for him."
Loved the tongue in cheek humour re Grandpa's marriage being quarrel free. Grandpa Green himself makes a visual appearance towards the end of the book, the pencil drawing is full of character and fondness. A final burst comes as you unfold the final double pages to reveal a topiary frenzy filled with everything from the Eiffel Tower to peacocks ... and of course grandpa and our narrator immersed in the middle.
Brief, single sentences on each page make this a great one for the younger age group. for the slightly older it is a perfect one for opening a discussion on family history.