Grandparents. Distances. Differences. A young boy reluctantly makes his backpack-laden way up the steps to the front door of his grandfather's house. They are about to spend a little quality time together. Except the silences are huge, the food on their respective plates ranges from hot dogs and fries on the one side to fried eggs on noodles on the other side and their television show preferences are not exactly the same. "Can we watch something else?" Get the picture?
The grandson gives up trying to talk to his grandfather. They are simply from two different worlds. And then...that wonderful magical hoped-for moment explodes onto the page.
"All the things we could never say come pouring out..."
The boy opens his sketchbook and his grandfather reveals his own. They both love to draw. They both love to put their words into pictures, their feelings into brushstrokes. They have so much that is the same about them.
The illustrations show us the strength and whirling energy of the feelings that are hanging heavy between the two. Samurai warriors and noble armored fish erupt from the swirls. Feelings are powerful things.
Family love is one of the most magnificent, most powerful gifts a child can be given. The love of a grandfather brings such affirmation, celebration and the essential message that you are good enough.
This is a deeply felt story that honors the love between a grandparent and a grandchild. It offers hope and a pathway for those who struggle to find their family bonds even when the best of intentions can't find the way. It is filled with authenticity that reaches us in a very sacred spot. Gorgeous and a true gift to every chid.
40 pages 9781484767603 Ages 5-10
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.
With spare, direct text by Minh L and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.--from the publisher