Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Grandma is taking a trip around the world, and she's bringing back wonderful gifts for everyone!
My grandma went a-travelling, said:
“What would you have me bring?”“Not much,” said I,“Just a piece of the sky,and a hundred songs I can sing . . .”
When Grandma heads out for adventure she asks her granddaughter what she should bring back.
The creative response and remarkable fulfillment are delivered through clever rhyme and magical illustrations in this lovely cross-generational story!
This classic tale from award-winning creators Jo Ellen Bogart and Barbara Reid is now available with a fresh new look!
About the authors
Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in several Texas cities, but for the last 32 years, she has lived in Guelph, Ontario AKA Children's Author Central. She really enjoys running into writers and artists at the grocery store.
Jo Ellen has always been an animal lover and pet keeper, but her current pet list is down to two dogs, two frogs, and a ton of fish, most of which vacation in the backyard pond and winter in the Bogart basement, supervising the laundry.
Part of the fun Jo Ellen has in writing books for children is venturing into many different kinds of writing, from poetry and picture books to biography, non-fiction, and early readers. She has also written lots of song lyrics for kids, and is trying her hand at painting. Jo Ellen really likes to take digital pictures and play around with them on the computer.
Jo Ellen has a teaching degree from the University of Texas and has worked as a supply teacher. Though she no longer teaches, she really enjoys meeting her young readers and seeing what they have to say. Her own two kids are grown but she has a new baby grandson and is amassing stacks of books for the future reader.
Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.
BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at www.barbarareid.ca.
Praise for Gifts:
“. . . a cheerful and poignant evocation of the bond between the old and the young, and the special gifts of shared experience.” —Today's Parent
“Barbara Reid's plasticine art is absolutely magical . . . Jo Ellen Bogart's lyrical, rhyming text is full of love and wonder.” —The London Free Press
“A real delight.” —The Vancouver Sun
Other titles by Jo Ellen Bogart
Anthony and the Gargoyle
Little Blue House Beside the Sea
Big and Small, Room for All
Cot, cot, cot! Allons à la foire!
Count Your Chickens
The White Cat and the Monk
A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”
The Story of Maud Lewis