Illustrated by Layne Johnson
Compiled by John Micklos, Jr

Boyds Mills Press
Copyright 2004

 

 

 


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Publishers Weekly
Grandparent Poems, edited by John Micklos Jr., illus. by Layne Johnson, celebrates intergenerational love. In the third such compilation (Daddy Poems; Mommy Poems), the poems portray treasured moments with grandma or grandpa and recall fond memories or the feelings of loss for grandparents no longer present. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lucky is the child who has loving and caring grandparents. I am happy to say that I was certainly one. My grandparents were the ones who always had time to spend with me and they seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and what I did. They were also a source of much information and many skills, such as cooking, knitting, sewing, and playing card games. They talked about things my parents did when they were my age and they were generally there when I needed to talk to adult. This collection of poems celebrates those wonderful grandparents. In a nod to modern lifestyles, there is even a new step-grandmother (a remarriage) which in this case seems to have been quite positive. The picture of her holding a fragrant blossom shows a sweet gentleness which is a real contrast to the inset on the opposing page with grandpa racing off in a red sports car. Some granddaddies serve as daddies (more than five million grandparents are raising grandchildren) and some grandparents kids will never know because they are no longer alive, but they are remembered with love. A heartwarming collection by many well know poets such as Nikki Grimes, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Grace Nichols, Jeff Moss and Lee Bennett Hopkins and one that every grandparent will probably want to share with his or her favorite grandchild. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 up.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A companion to Mommy Poems (2001) and Daddy Poems (2000), this appealing book is similar in scope to Carol and Daniel Hittleman's A Grand Celebration: Grandparents in Poetry (2002, all Boyds Mills). It features 22 selections by contemporary writers such as Nikki Grimes, Francisco X. Alarc-n, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Many of the poems have been previously published. Relating cherished memories and describing shared activities, they evoke the special bond between the generations. Lee Bennett Hopkins's poignant "Still" is one of several that pays tribute to grandparents no longer living. In the open layout, colorful full-page illustrations alternate with smaller paintings. The realistic artwork shows families from many different backgrounds and complements the warmth and love expressed in the verses.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Georgeanne, a retired librarian and storyteller, November 17, 2004, 4 out of 5 stars
Nice compilation of poems about grandparents
Grandparent Poems compiled by John Micklos, Jr. is a worthwhile addition to any library collection. Consider it an essential purchase for Grandparent's Day celebrated in September. Those first and second grade teachers planning a unit on families will be delighted to find it on your shelves. The poems are guaranteed to spark an animated discussion among children eager to describe their own grandparent(s). Children will be sure to share their special names for grandparents. While some of these poems may appear in other anthologies, this is still a recommended purchase for both school and public libraries. There is a table of contents, an index of titles and first lines, and short biographical information about the poets, including Micklos, who contributed five poems. Johnson's illustrations are excellent and depict a variety of families. Don't pass on this one.
 

Grandparent Poems: Heartwarming!, April 20, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Many of the poems in Grandparent Poems bring back poignant memories of my grandparents and parents while the rich and beautiful watercolor paintings bring the poems to life. I especially love theses poems and paintings: Big Mama, When Grandpa Reads to Me, Summer Twilight, The Picture, Still, and I Remember Grandma. Absolutely beautiful! Layne Johnson has illustrated a wide variety of grandmas and grandpas, evoking a rich cultural heritage. What a wonderful book to give as a gift to any grandparent, parent or grandchild.
 

 



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