Grandpa Green

Grandpa Green

by Lane Smith


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A Caldecott Honor Book

From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a Caldecott Honor-winning timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.

Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten.

In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it's a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.

This title has Common Core connections.

Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Books title for 2011.

One of School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596436077
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 282,653
Product dimensions: 11.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including picture books There Is A Tribe Of Kids; John, Paul, George & Ben; Madam President; and middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble . He is the author and illustrator of 2012 Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green, and the New York Times bestseller It's a Book, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. Lane's titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor-winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky;The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated the retro, cult favorites, The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country. Like the Hocky family, he and book designer Molly Leach live in a little town in the country.

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Grandpa Green 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Denise185 More than 1 year ago
This is a charming tale about a grandfather who is very special in the eyes of his grandson. He has lived through a great deal of history, and now is quite a unique landscape gardener. Parents as well as children will delight in Lane Smith's beautiful drawings! Enjoy!!
klsulliv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What is the earliest memory you have from your childhood? The boy in "Grandpa Green" has a whole garden of memories of his grandpa; his hero. This story is about all of the memories the boy remembers his grandpa telling him, and the readers actually are seeing the memories in the gardens he creates out of bushes and trees. This story reflects upon how memories are powerful, and how when one has passed on, he or she is never really truly gone because of memories. The boy is proud to share his grandpa's life and proud of his memories that he will never forget. This story also has layers which means it will have different means for adults and children. It is also very relatable because this story can explain things that are sometimes harder for adults to explain to their children. It also identifies that the value of memories is extremely important in this book, and it tells and shows why memories should be valued as much as they are.
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing book that I will share with my own children, as I can relate to this book. This book shows that memories can be carried all around you, not in your head. The illustrations are beautiful and help tell the story, which always makes for a great all around book.
PaigeCostella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a little boy whose Grandpa passes away. Although his Grandpa is gone he still has all the memories of him in his garden. The grandpa took care of his garden where the carved the bushes and trees into the most memorable times of his life. The garden is of when he was younger to when he grew and got married. This is a great book to read when talking about death with children, although the person may be gone you will always carry the memories you have of them.
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of the long and wonderful life of a loved grandfather told though beautiful pictures. Memories live on in this book as they are kept in our hearts.
nnicolic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells Grandpa Green's life story in topiaries throughout the book. It's very clever and something I've never seen before. The illistrations are amazing. I think this is a sweet, old fashioned book that appeals more to parents than to young children.
MalissaLojszczyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about an elderly man who turns topiaries into a garden of memories. The story is told by the man's great-grandson.
lhamed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing children¿s book about Grandpa Green. Grandpa Green was born a long time ago and he grew up on a farm. He got chicken pox in the fourth grade, and kissed a girl in middle school. He wanted to be a horticulturist, but went to serve in the war instead. That is where he met his future wife and they got married after the war ended. Grandpa Green is getting old and forgetting lots of things, but he doesn¿t forget his best memories because they are kept in the garden. This book has a lot of meaning behind it, and was very touching.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a child's grandfather that makes beautiful masterpieces out of huge, green hedges. The grandpa is also suffering from either old age, demetia or alzheimer's disease and through this story the young boy makes us realize that he can keep his grandfathers' memories alive in all the hedgework that his grandpa has done throughout his life. At the very end the grandpa dies. This story can hit home to any child and even me. People will always age and it can happen to myself or anyone of my family members, including any reader's. This book could evoke some sad emotions from a child, but I think that is okay. I think this book is both beautiful and relevant.
RebeccaMichelet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story about grandfathers and memories, a young boy travels throughout his grandfather's garden retelling the story of his grandfather's life. Even though the grandfather is becoming forgetful, the boy says the garden will always hold his grandfather's memories.
mmgomez1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book can be very emotional for ones who recently lost a loved one. The story is about how a young boy's grandpa starts loosing his memory and if he looks into the garden he will remember due to the images that are craved into the green's in the garden. Near the end of the story the reader learns from the image that is shown at the last page of the book is that the grandpa must have passed.
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book can help kids cope with and elderly person that can't remember things. "Grandpa Green" is about memories and hanging on to them. Through the illustrations we can understand the memories of grandpa.
mmwrigh3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful illustrations. This book is about the importance in valuing the memories of loved ones. This is told from a boys perspective remembering his grandfather. The boy is walking through his garden, where we can see the memories carved into the surrounding bushes and trees. Starting from when his grandpa was a boy with chicken pox, then a soldier, to a new husband, then progresses to his artistry in his beloved garden. The boy is proud to share these memories and deeply loved his grandpa, who we find passes at the end. The boy creates his own memory of his grandpa in the garden by making a topiary of his grandpa.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lane Smith tells the story of Grandpa Green through the topiary Grandpa made to commemorate all the events of his life. Lovely story depicted with perfectly complementary text and illustration, with a stunning final fold-out page. ¿He was born a really long time ago, (illustration is a shrub in the shape of a crying baby)Before computers or cell phones or television.¿ (illustration shows young boy watering plants near a big forest)
Eclouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy walks through his grandfather's garden which houses all his stories and memories through the shrubbery. As the story goes on the grandson gets closer to the present time and in the end we find the grandfather cannot remember anything and later is gone. The grandson keeps up his garden in his memory. This is a powerful and moving story to read to students about grandparents. Some may have experienced what the boy in the story has with their own grandparents or have lost them. A great story to use for any situation concerning grandparents.
JTNguyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this story. It has very deep meanings about memories. The art and color choices from the author is amazing as well.
kelsimcnab on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about a little boy telling about his grandpa's life, by pictures of greenery. This is a great books to read to students and talk about feeling.
csloan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all ages to read. The pictures are amazingly done. The picture tell the story of a grandpa who has now passed away. He always kept a garden and his garden tell his story.
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy tends to a garden, re-telling the life story of his aging great-grandfather. The story reads simply in an unassuming tone, and can reach an audience age two to one hundred two. Grandpa Green beautifully introduces the concepts of aging family members and memory loss in a touching manner, culminating in a fold-out panoramic view of the garden of Grandpa Green¿s life. Each page or so contains a line of text, but the illustrations are what makes this book excellent. There is contrast between the dazzlingly bright leaves and the more cartoon-like illustrations, although both work in harmony to create a stunning visual effect. In the fold out panoramic, the most fantastical of the plant shapes take the forefront, although even the tougher memories, such as war, are still present. However, one of the more straightforward yet fabulous page illustrations tells the whole story, and is strong enough to work as a standalone: that of a tree with leaves which start out young and green on the left, gradually growing sparser and changing to the reddish color present in autumn to the right as the young boy hangs on a branch and watches the first red leaf fall. This tale of love and family traverses many generations, and is highly recommended. However, it is especially recommended for children ages 3-6, and any child who can¿t get enough of the color green.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little boy admires his grandpa. He tells us about the life and accomplishments his grandpa has made. The little boys grandpa has passed away but the little boy will never forget how much he loves his grandpa. Gread read aloud book with great illustrations.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy is able to retell the story of his grandpa's life through a garden of sculpted plants his grandpa created. Even when his grandpa is no longer alive with him, he is able to celebrate the life and legacy of his grandpa.The book would be very useful in starting to explain and discuss aging, illness, and death with students of various ages.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Grandpa Green" is a story about a little boy who tells the story of his grandpa. He talks about his grandpa growing up and not being able to live his dream of becoming a horticulturist because he is drafted for the war, but because of the draft, he meets the woman he soon after marries.The illustrations are very different from any other book I've read. Instead of simple drawing, the illustrated uses plants to depict images (thus showing that the grandfather eventually becomes a horticulturist/gardener). This book is absolutely excellent and very different.
JohannaJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illistration is the strong point in this book. The color pallet is mostly green, but there is a lot of detail. It's a story about a little boy talking about his gardener grandpa who tells stories through his garden so he can remember the past.
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A touching tale of a little boy reciting his grandpa¿s life as he wanders around the topiary garden he created. The text is written in short statements, excellent for read alouds. The illustrations help the reader see what is happening to grandpa through the turning pages. The main focus of each page is the bold green topiary the grandson is explaining. The remaining artwork is line drawn with lighter muted colors. The little boy is seen helping to maintain the garden from watering to finding his grandpa¿s forgotten tools. Each shrub is given life through the lines the illustrator used. No facial details are needed to portray feelings. You seem to understand them from the mass of the topiary and the actions of the small boy. It is a very sweet tale of a grandson¿s love. The last page was my favorite topiary.
helenpeynado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the art in this book. Green is my favorite color and I am also delving into the world of gardening, so I am in awe of this book just love to take in every page. And, I'm not really a sentimental person, but it is so touching how he recalls all these great things about his Grandpa. It sure made me miss my Grandfather and wish that I talked to him a lot more before he passed. Gorgeous book!