Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez


Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez

This prequel to Eric Velasquez's biographical picture book Grandma's Records is the story of a Christmas holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican Christmas celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift-a set of paints-to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A heart-warming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild.


Praise for Grandma's Gift -- : 2011 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration Winner . Touching. Kirkus Reviews Velasquez's full-bleed paintings transport readers to another time and place and expertly capture the characters

. Lovely and inspiring Kirkus Reviews, starred review Powerful words and images make this an excellent choice School Library Journal, starred review Tough-minded and poetic Publishers Weekly, starred review A great combination of adventure in the wild landscape and personal struggle Booklist, starred review

About the Author

ERIC VELASQUEZ is the author and illustrator of Grandma's Records and the illustrator of The Piano Man, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and The Price of Freedom. He collaborated with Carole Boston Weatherford on I, Matthew Henson, which received four starred reviews, and Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, which received two starred reviews. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

19th December 2013



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