"Grandfather and Thomas, who [first] appeared in Storm in the Night, return in a liberally illustrated beginning chapter book. They begin the day by fishing for trout, and finish it with a game of cards (Go fish) and a story. Stolz evokes the spirit of childhood with graceful descriptions and metaphor." —SLJ. "A graceful, quiet story that celebrates the richness of human relationships." —H.
Notable 1991 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1991 (NY Public Library)
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Mary Stolz, winner of the 1993 Kerlan Award for the body of her work, is the author of dozens of books that are perennial favorites of young readers, including two Newbery Honor Books, Belling the Tiger, illustrated by Beni Montresor, and The Noonday Friends. She lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Sergio Martinez was born and lives in Mexico City. He illustrated Weapons & Warfare by Milton Meltzer. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-- Grandfather and Thomas, who appeared in Stolz's picture book, Storm in the Night (Harper, 1988), return in a liberally illustrated beginning chapter book. Cummings confines herself to watercolors in shades of gray on white. On almost every page are depictions of the actions or ornamental motifs. Grandfather and Thomas are a family of two, "semi-poor" and dependent on food that they catch or produce themselves, plus their cat, Ringo. They begin the day by fishing for trout, and finish it with a game of cards (Go fish, of course) and a story. The before-you-were-born hurricane, the grandfather as a small boy himself listening to the stories of his own grandfather, the line of ancestors leading back to ancient African cities, the fossils preserved in the limestone of long dried-up seas--all these are the elements of a single summer day. Colorful details of life at the seashore abound: hummingbirds in the bougainvillea, the seawall rocks at low tide, blowfish and flounder, sea oats and sand spurs, coquinas and herons. Stolz evokes the spirit of childhood with graceful description and metaphor. At day's end, Thomas glimpses his own future, recalling this present day as a past golden-time, telling tales to an as yet unborn child. Readers will hope their own futures hold more stories of these two. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060258225