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Silas' Seven Grandparents

by Anita Horrocks, illustrated by Helen Flook

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published: Oct 2017
ISBN:9781459816404
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Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. But when Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. One Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at the same time! How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings?

Silas' Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents as a result of divorce and remarriage. Silas' grandparents enjoy exposing him to a variety of interests, values and cultures. But problems arise when Silas feels he can't be everywhere at once. In the end, it's Silas' sensitive, inclusive nature that brings everyone together.

About the Authors
Anita Horrocks has published novels for young readers. She has two granddaughters and is one of seven grandparents who love to spoil them.
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Anita Horrocks has published novels for young readers. She has two granddaughters and is one of seven grandparents who love to spoil them.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
4 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
Editorial Reviews

"The deftly drawn water-based ink illustrations reflect the story's upbeat tone and portray the widely diverse grandparents in ways that make them distinctive. A refreshing alternative to the many overly sentimental picture books about children and their grandparents."

— Booklist

"Really entertaining...It also teaches children about decision making and family life."

— BookLinx

"Silas's conflict is wholly relatable, and readers will enjoy, vicariously, all the doting, shown in carefree acrylic-ink illustrations."

— The Horn Book Guide

Flook's illustrations give wonderful personalities to all of the grandparents and are filled with many interesting details that kids will enjoy spotting and commenting upon. A lovely story for grandparents and grandchildren to share.

— School Library Journal

"An unusual grandparent story told with humor—not at all sentimental and introducing the variations on family configurations. Recommended."

— Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

&quotA good jump off point to discuss the many different forms of family. Silas' final idea is cute.&quot

— Kiss the Book blog

"Done in acrylic ink, the lively cartoon art is bright and unassuming. The cast of characters is subtly multicultural but their ethnic diversity is presented in a matter-of-fact way. This is a positive story about love and family to share one-on-one with grandparents, no matter how many there are."

— School Library Journal

"Fills a much-needed niche in that it addresses the fact that all families look different. It is also a celebration of these differences. Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"[A] great picture book, not only because it is a fun story to read, but because it teaches kids about a different set of family dynamics…The end of this book is super cute, and it's guaranteed to touch the hearts of all readers, big and small."

— Lethbridge Living Magazine

"This cute story will cause students to wonder how one boy can have seven grandparents, but this situation can also be turned into a teachable moment...Anita Horrocks writes of a very loving family situation. Helen Flook's illustrations are bright and colorful, warmly complementing this family story...Recommended."

— Library Media Connection

"This book really shines in the depiction of Silas' grandparents. Not only are they active and passionate about life they are also extremely diverse: Most are in couples, but one is single; they have a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and they range from moderately grey to notably wrinkled. This is a book with detailed, colourful illustrations and a story that values inclusiveness."

— Resource Links

"The grandparents themselves are portrayed with joy and great variety, not only in stature and demeanor but ethnicity as well. This is simply a delightful celebration of family."

— Puget Sound Council

"An intergenerational story with a lot of heart."

— Kirkus Reviews

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Silas’ Seven Grandparents

In this picture book, Silas’ seven loving grandparents make him feel “especially loved, times seven”. Each doting and somewhat over-zealous grandparent is different and very much involved in Silas’ life, which for Silas is sometimes over whelming. They take him to museums and planetariums, camping and berry picking. They stay up late to count shooting stars, ride roller coasters with him and cheer him on at his hockey games. Silas must choose a grandparent that he would like to stay with while his parents are away. Silas realizes that all his grand parents bring something unique into his life. Instead of choosing one over the other, he invites all seven grandparents to look after him

Horrocks is the author of Topher and Almost Eden. This is her first picture book.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Silas’ Seven Grandparents

Usually Silas loves having seven grandparents dote on him, but sometimes it’s all a bit too much. When Silas’s parents go away on a business trip, all of his grandparents want him to stay with them, but that’s just not possible. How will Silas resolve this problem without hurting the feelings of any of his grandparents?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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