grandparents -- fiction

Grandpa Green

By Lane Smith

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A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

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The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow

By Sean Callahan

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When Roy G. Biv, a leprechaun, appears and asks Colleen's help in saving the St. Patrick's Day parade, she offers items of different colors to rebuild his lost rainbow, but is reluctant to part with a special gift from her grandfather.

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The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, is full of beautiful illustrations, and there is wonderful repetition in the wording of the book. The sequencing is great for children because it creates a sense of anticipation and allows them to participate in reading the book. The story is about a grandma who has everyone in the house gently pile on top of her while she is asleep.The pile includes her grandson, the dog, the cat, the mouse and the mouse's flea.The book is charming as well as being calming and would be a great bedtime story for a child who needs help settling down.

I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story

By Janice Levy

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"It's the Day of the Dead! It's time to celebrate! In this bilingual book, a young girl is busy helping her family prepare to honor those who have died. First she goes with her mama to the market to buy pan de muerto. Then she lays a path of marigold petals with her papa. But mostly, she thinks of her abuelito. She misses him very much and is excited for his spirit to visit that night. And when she sees the butterflies fly through the sky, she knows that his spirit is with them. Written in both Spanish and English, this book includes activities and recipes just right for any Day of the Dead celebration."

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Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

By Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson

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A bus driver takes his grandson along on Saturdays as he travels a historical route around New York City. What comes out of these travels is a series of wonderful adventures that culminates on Christmas Eve, when the bus gets stuck in a snowstorm.

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Ho-limlim: A Rabbit Tale from Japan

By Tejima

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After one last foray far from his home, an aging rabbit decides he prefers to rest in his own garden and let his children and grandchildren bring him good things to eat.

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