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Grandpa and the Robin

Written by Eva Applecross

Illustrated by Shelley Ashkowski

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LoveReading View on Grandpa and the Robin

'Grandpa and the Robin' is a moving picture book for children of 4 to 8 years, written by Eva Applecross and beautifully illustrated by Shelley Ashkowski. Dedicated to her late Grandpa Richard, it's a tale of loss and loneliness but also of joy and pleasure. Grandpa lives in a remote country farmhouse and is devastated by the passing of his wife, Doris. His only remaining relative, his granddaughter, Ana, lives too far away to visit regularly. But grandpa makes good use of his time and keeps busy tending his garden and watching the birds coming to feed. One in particular, a robin, visits often, which cheers grandpa up immensely. After being scared away for a time by a stray cat, the robin returns on Christmas Day and, even better, grandpa is blessed by a surprise visit from Ana and the two of them have great fun feeding the robin mealworms from grandpa's hat. This story is lovingly told and brings home the plight of many elderly people who live alone and far from their families. In a few short pages we find we care about grandpa as the story immerses the reader in a rollercoaster of emotions as grandpa loses what brings him hope but then finds it again in what we sincerely hope is a happy ending. A wonderful book to share with youngsters.

Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador 

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Grandpa and the Robin Synopsis

Cups of tea and mealworms…’Ewww’.A journey of loss and togetherness that reminds us all that hope and happiness can triumph. A beautiful story about friendship and a connection with the natural world is sure to reach out to readers of all ages. The text is complimented with original watercolours by UK artist, Shelley Ashkowski.

Grandpa and the Robin Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I think this is a very worthwhile book to be added to the bookshelf. Full review

Chris Woolfenden

A very sweet read. Full review

Rosie Watch

Although perhaps not intended for a wide readership, this charming little book would make a wonderful gift for anyone who had recently lost their grandfather. Full review

Val Rowe

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ISBN: 9798585037962
Publication date: 22/12/2020
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9798585037962
Publication date: 22nd December 2020
Author: Eva Applecross
Illustrator: Shelley Ashkowski
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: Indie Author Books
Recommendations: Indie Books We Love
Other Categories: Free Books for 5+ readers, Free Books for 7+ readers

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