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Janetta's Grandaddy lives on a farm with chickens and a mule, and when he comes to visit her in Baltimore, Janetta is worried that he'll find the city boring.
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Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Here's a sequel of sorts to the delightful Grandaddy and Janetta (1993), and what a treat it is. Grandaddy is coming to Baltimore for a visit, and Janetta is terribly worried something will go wrong. First, she's afraid he'll miss his train; later, she's certain that what she's planned for the two of them to do ("important things" like meeting her cat, visiting her school, seeing her feather collection) is too boring, especially when compared to Grandaddy's busy life in Georgia with his chickens and his mule. But to Janetta's surprise and delight, Grandaddy seems pleased with everything he sees--especially her. The dialogue is tender, comical, and down to earth, and the love between grandfather and child flows plainly across the pages: it's present in Grandaddy's funny stories about his animal friends, in his wise words that help Janetta feel special and take pride in her life, and in his comforting philosophy about the stars, which Janetta takes to heart to ease his parting. It's also present in Stevenson's unpretentious pictures, which convey in watercolor washes and a few ink lines the strength and devotion of intergenerational affection. Stephanie ZvirinFrom Publishers Weekly:
The endearing duo featured in Georgia Music, Grandaddy's Place and Grandaddy and Janetta makes a welcome return in this tale, which brings Grandaddy from his Georgia farm to visit Janetta and her mother in Baltimore. Excited at the news of his arrival, Janetta imagines all the minor catastrophes that might keep him from coming-and then frets that her list of things to show Grandaddy (her cat, room, school, playground) is too boring. All worry is for nought, of course: her insightful (and slightly mischievous) grandfather delights in every tiny detail of her life, including her feather collection. When Janetta's mother explains that they'll do some "real sightseeing" later, Grandaddy tactfully-and sincerely-replies that he has already seen "the best places." Presenting another heartwarming chapter in the ever-deepening relationship between a kind man and his granddaughter, Griffith's narrative is again neatly paired with Stevenson's gently humorous, altogether winning watercolor-and-black-pen illustrations, which alternately depict the urban setting and the beloved, rustic home Grandaddy invokes frequently in his conversations with Janetta. Ages 5-up.
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688136540
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1995. Condition: New. James Stevenson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0688136540