Rosa's incorrigible grandfather uses a song to solve any problem, from scaring away goblins to getting rid of a pesky park keeper, in a heartwarming tale about the relationship between a young girl and her beloved grandfather.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Twelve warm stories about a little girl and her eccentric grandfather, who bursts into song at the slightest provocation. Whether they are at tea, the zoo, the school's Christmas program, the hospital, or at Rosa's grandmother's grave, the elderly man sings, sometimes quite exuberantly. This embarrasses Rosa's mother but delights the child. In the last two stories, Rosa asks about the father she has never known and decides that it was her arrival that prompted him to leave. Her grandfather and her mother then reassure the girl about how important she is to them and reaffirm her sense of belonging. This is a bittersweet book with much to be inferred between the lines. However, it is too difficult for most beginning readers to read alone, and older students are more likely to choose stories about their own age group (Rosa seems to be about five years old). The tales were originally published in England as two separate books, and the writing has a definite British flavor. It is best suited as a read-aloud, combined with plenty of sharing time. Young listeners will enjoy meeting Rosa and her grandfather and will remember their voices for a long time to come.?Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
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In 12 short stories, Rosselson (Where's My Mom?, 1994, etc.) paints an affectionate and sweetly comic picture of a special relationship. Rosa, seven or eight, lives with her busy, often preoccupied, single mother. She's never seen her father, but she does have Grandad, who picks her up from school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Sundays, she takes him to the park so that her mother won't be bothered by ``Rosa's questions and Grandfather's singing.'' Rosa does ask a lot of questions, and Grandad is apt to burst into song at embarrassing moments, but the two of them are in perfect sympathy. Sewall's black-and-white illustrations capture all the highlights. The broad humor of some of the stories (e.g., ``A Duet for Parrot and Grandad'') contrasts with more serious offerings, particularly the last two pieces, in which Rosa comes to terms with the absence of her father. The intensity of feeling in these two tales is surprising but serves to deepen the collection and make the relationship between Rosa and her grandfather all the more poignant. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Philomel, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110399227334
Book Description Philomel, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0399227334