By Susan Freinkel
By Lane Smith
Ages: 5 and up
Grandpa Green used to remember everything. Now he sometimes forgets, but luckily his garden never does. This charming and poignant story follows Grandpa Green's great grandson through the garden where the old man has carved memories of key events in his life — large and small — into fantastic topiaries. Grandpa has shaped trees to reflect growing up on a chicken farm, his time at war, meeting the love of his life, even his fourth-grade bout with chicken pox. (That would be the topiary with the red berries.) The artwork is exquisite: the boy and old man are drawn with simple, expressive lines, while the trees are rendered in lush watercolors, oil paints and digital art.
Bottom line: Grandpa Green is a perfect book for reading with a grandparent or special elder.
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