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Grandpa's Snowman

by Gary Barwin, illustrated by Kitty Macaulay

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list price: $6.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Sep 2000
ISBN:9781550376340
publisher: Annick Press
Description

Grandpa's Snowman is a playful and touching story about the loving and mischievous bond between a boy and his grandfather.

A young boy practices his violin, then goes to sleep for the night. The next morning he wakes to discover a world of newly fallen snow. He hurries to join his friends playing outside, but his mother reminds him that he must first practice his violin. When she is not looking, he sneaks out the window and, together with his friends, builds a snowman. A series of family photographs shows the passage of time as this boy grows into a young man, marries, has a daughter and, all too quickly, becomes a grandfather.

Grandfather and grandson share a sense of playfulness; they are two boys playing together and enjoying each other's company, despite the grandfather's increasing age. As time passes, Grandfather becomes confined to bed, but his grandson brings home a remarkable surprise that captures a part of the grandfather's childhood and provides a way for him to share in the fun of a snowy day.

The wordless story is told through a series of illustrations that speak for themselves. The book is perfect for sharing, and encourages readers to discover its story and tell it together.

 

About the Authors
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and performer. His publications include six poetry collections (including the recent The Porcupinity of the Stars) and two fiction collections, and a collaborative novel. He was the co-winner of the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook Award, the 2011 Harbourfront Battle of the Bands, and the 1998 K.M. Hunter Foundation Artist Award. His work has been commissioned and broadcast by the CBC. Hugh Thomas teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. A chapbook of his poetry, Heart badly buried by five shovels, was recently published by paper kite press. Craig Conley is the author of Magic Words: A Dictionary (Weiser Books), One-Letter Words: A Dictionary (HarperCollins), and dozens upon dozens of other titles. His website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and performer. His publications include six poetry collections (including the recent The Porcupinity of the Stars) and two fiction collections, and a collaborative novel. He was the co-winner of the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook Award, the 2011 Harbourfront Battle of the Bands, and the 1998 K.M. Hunter Foundation Artist Award. His work has been commissioned and broadcast by the CBC. Hugh Thomas teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. A chapbook of his poetry, Heart badly buried by five shovels, was recently published by paper kite press. Craig Conley is the author of Magic Words: A Dictionary (Weiser Books), One-Letter Words: A Dictionary (HarperCollins), and dozens upon dozens of other titles. His website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Contributor Notes

Gary Barwin is an author, poet and composer. He is the author of two previous children's books: The Racing Worm Brothers (1998) and The Magic Mustache (1999).

Kitty Macaulay is the illustrator of I Feel Orange Today (1993), The Great Blue Grump (1997), The Racing Worm Brothers (1998) and The Butterflies' Promise (1999). She uses gentle images and vibrant color to celebrate the magic of snowy, happy childhood.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Review

Author Gary Barwin has told a charming little story.... Kitty Macaulay has done a fine job with her gentle watercolour illustrations.... The magic of this book lies in the combination of its warm illustrations and the story of a special bond between a boy and his grandfather. Recommended.

— Canadian Materials

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