T. A. Barron Where Is Grandpa?

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Where Is Grandpa?

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Where is Grandpa? This question haunts a young boy on the day his grandpa dies. Grandpa has been so richly present in so many places--at the tree house, at the waterfall, at the door ready to carve pumpkins. But where is he now? As the boy searches for an answer, he makes a surprising discovery: perhaps Grandpa is closer to home than anyone ever realized. In this deeply moving tale, the poetic words of T. A. Barron and the luminous illustrations of Chris K. Soentpiet remind us all that a family's sorrow can be shared--and that even in the greatest loss, love can still be found.

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For me, writing is exploring. Whether it's the surprising connections among people, the wondrous patterns of nature, or the mysterious wellsprings of the spirit--the universe beckons. I love to explore it, whether by foot or by pen.

Writing is both the most joyous--and most agonizing--labor I know. And it is by far the best way to travel--in our world or any other. Ever since my youth on a ranch in Colorado, I've felt passionate about nature--and about writing. I wrote and published my own magazine as a kid, called the Idiot's Odyssey, which sold about five copies an issue (including the ones my parents bought). I kept writing during my college years at Princeton, and during my years at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. During that time at Oxford, I composed stories and poems while hiking in the Scottish highlands, while sitting beneath the boughs of an English oak I named Merlin's tree, while backpacking through Asia, Africa, and the Arctic; and while participating in a traditional roof thatching in Japan. Even during my years managing a fast-growing business in New York City, I often rose before dawn to write.

Finally, I followed my dream to write full time. In 1990, I moved back to Colorado and started writing in the attic of my home, with the help of my wife and our five young children.

I am currently writing a five-book epic about the youth of Merlin. This story gives me a chance to add a new dimension to the rich lore about this enduring figure. Why am I spending almost a decade writing about Merlin? Because he is much, much more than a great wizard. His story is, in truth, a metaphor-for the idea that all of us, no matter how weak or confused, have a magical person down inside-waiting to be discovered. If you would like more information about the epic or my other books, please visit my official tabarron website.

You may have already seen my novels, which include Heartlight, The Ancient One,The Merlin Effect, and The Lost Years of Merlin, a five-book epic that Lloyd Alexander called "brilliant...an intense and profoundly spiritual adventure." You may also have seen my nature books including To Walk In Wilderness. Where is Grandpa?, is my first completely autobiographical tale, and also my first picture book for children. Along with my words, it contains the luminous painting of the acclaimed illustrator Chris K. Soentpiet.

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"Maybe you could say," Dad replied,
"that heaven is any place where
people who love each other
have shared some time together."
I thought about that idea.
"You mean...
like up there at the waterfall?
And by that old pine tree?
And maybe even in my tree house?"
He said nothing.
I leaned closer. "Heaven is in all
of those places?"
He nodded. "So Grandpa is in all
of those places?"
A new look came over Dad's face, and
he almost smiled.

I thought about Grandpa
in all of those places.
And I almost smiled, too.
I know it might be all right
now to climb the old
cottonwood. To stretch my arms.
To stretch my eyes all the way
to the Never Summer range
of the Rockies.

To see as far as I can possibly see.
Copyright (c) Thomas A. Barron 1998.

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