Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
  

Grandpa Green

Written by Lane Smith
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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Award-winning Lane Smith recreates the life story of a much-loved great-grandfather through wonderful illustrations of topiary in this beautiful and touching tribute. Memories of his childhood include his love of stories – illustrated by the Wizard of Oz characters cut into shapes in a hedge; the moment his desire to become a gardener is thwarted because he has to go to war the hedge becomes a cannon and cannon ball. Memories and imagination are brilliantly fused in this warm-hearted and original picture book. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Synopsis

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a boy who lived on a farm and a child who had chickenpox. He was a soldier, a husband and, most of all, an artist. Follow his grandson through a garden where memories are handed down through the shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. Grandpa Green opens the door to a garden of wonder which parents and grandparents will be able to share with children for generations to come.

An ode to the joys of a full life well lived as well as exploring some of the sorrow life brings, Lane Smith's Grandpa Green is a lyrical and sumptuously detailed delight, culminating in a giant fold-out page.

Reviews

An unassuming little masterpiece ... the book's power lies in its rich, allusive artistry New York Times

Visually intriguing and emotionally resonant, this is a book to pore over and talk about. School Library Journal

Lush and magical People

Readers who slow down will be rewarded by this visual feast that grows richer with each visit Kirkus crafted with honesty and heart Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a number of novels and picture books for children, including the two Caldecott Honor titles, Grandpa Green and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Stories. He was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum. He lives with his wife, book designer Molly Leach, in rural Connecticut, USA. Find Lane online at www.lanesmithbooks.com.

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Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Lane Smith
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

2nd August 2012

ISBN

9780230766457

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