Stones for Grandpa

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9780761374954: Stones for Grandpa

A little boy and his family gather at the cemetery for the unveiling of his grandpa’s gravestone, bringing stones to place on the grave, as is the Jewish custom. They tell stories that help the boy deal with his loss, reminding him of the wonderful memories he has of his grandpa.

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Renee Londner - Author

was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After teaching elementary school for eleven years, Renee now works as an activities director for senior citizens. She loves to write stories and poetry, especially haiku. Unlike the character Ruby in the story, Renee can whistle but can’t blow bubbles with her gum. Renee lives in Somerset, New Jersey, with her husband

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A young boy remembers his grandfather as the year following Grandpa’s death comes to a close. He recalls holidays and special occasions spent with Grandpa as well as those same occurrences this year in his absence, and although the boy worries he might forget his grandfather, Mommy reassures that “memories of someone you love never get lost.” Finally, the child and his extended family gather at the cemetery for a Jewish dedication ceremony where Grandpa’s gravestone is formally unveiled and family members place small stones on the grave to celebrate special memories of him. Londner’s thoughtful story is sensitive to the issues surrounding the grieving process yet never becomes maudlin. Avilés’ gentle illustrations employ a bright spring palette that lightens the mood even as it respects the story’s serious content. This makes an excellent resource for young families that have experienced a death; pair with Sandy Lanton’s Daddy’s Chair (1991), a title that explains the Jewish bereavement custom of sitting shivah, which occurs during the week immediately following a death. Grades K-3. --Kay Weisman

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