The Bottom Line
- Loving depiction of grandparent-grandchild relationship
- Realistic but charming art
- Artful use of repetition
- Currently available only in paperback
- 24 pages
- Published by Harper Trophy, imprint of Harper Collins
- Ages 3 to 8
Guide Review - Grandfather and I, a Children's Book About Grandfathers
In the pressured-up 21st century, this book about a grandfather who takes time to spend with his grandson is especially poignant. Parents and siblings are always in a hurry, but the grandfather in this story takes time to go for slow walks and really look at the world. The artwork by Ormerod is so lovingly rendered that you'll want to join grandfather and grandson on their walks. This book will be especially appreciated by African-American families who sometimes have difficulty finding characters in books who look like them, but the universal message transcends matters of race and ethnicity.
Don't overlook Buckley's companion book, Grandmother and I.