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A Special Gift for Grammy by Jean Craighead George
Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Family
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 32 Hardcover 10×9.25″
Date Published: April 23, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Newbery Medal winner Jean Craighead George captures the love between grandmother and grandson in this heartfelt story that is brimming with imagination. A boy named Hunter shares a pile of stones with Grammy, and they celebrate all the special uses for the stones that they uncover along the way. This precious story speaks to the rare connection that a grandparent and grandchild share!
From beloved author Jean Craighead George comes a story that captures your heart, in which a young boy, Hunter, bonds with his grandmother in a very special way. It is irresistibly cute, for Hunter’s curiosity and imagination are understood by Grammy, the only one who also sees that there is much more to a pile of stones than meets the eye.
Grandparents will gravitate toward this touching story because it speaks to the rare relationship between grandparent and grandchild-a pitch-perfect reflection of that magical childhood experience. For ultimately this is a story of love-one that tells of this very special connection, and of a gift like no other: a grandmother necklace, made of all the amazing stones Hunter’s collected. And the illustrations are filled with charm and whimsy, bringing these kindred spirits to life.
This tale brings to life a message of friendship, one that is classic and timeless. One of the last books Newbery Medal winner Jean Craighead George worked on before she passed away, the story is dedicated to her grandsons.
This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and Grandparents’ Day, for all will warm at the beautiful connection between these two!
This is lovely and great illustrated image of letting a child’s imagination fly and the special family moments that make memories important between a child and his grandmother. I really like the illustrations and in a world that is seemingly so much more with products and activities finding calm and entertainment with simple stones.
Jean Craighead George (1919–2012) is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal, and her novel My Side of the Mountain received a Newbery Honor. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her previous books include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Morning, Noon, and Night; andEverglades. Mrs. George lived in Chappaqua, NY. This story is one of the last books she worked on before she passed away and is dedicated to her grandsons. You can find out more about her books atwww.jeancraigheadgeorge.com.
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include: My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York’s Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar’s Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. They live in California with their son. You can visit them online atwww.johnsonandfancher.com.