Stars in My Geddoh's Sky (Concept Books (Albert Whitman))

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9780807553329: Stars in My Geddoh's Sky (Concept Books (Albert Whitman))

Maitze offers a touching story for any grandchild and grandparent who are separated by distance. "Geddoh" means grandfather in Arabic, and Alex's Geddoh has come to America from the Middle East for a long-awaited visit. Geddoh shares many stories about his homeland and he and Alex grow close. So when it's time for Geddoh to leave, he shows Alex something in the night sky that they can share even when they're apart--a beautiful constellation. Full color.

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A summertime visit from his grandfather reveals to a young boy the history of his ancestry. When Alex first meets his grandfather, or geddoh, he is anxious. However, they soon develop a close rapport as his grandfather tells him about life across the sea. Geddoh shows Alex some of the customs of his Middle Eastern culture: making a traditional noontime meal, the five daily calls to prayer. In turn Alex teaches his grandfather a bit of American culture, such as playing baseball. Alex may be distraught when the visit ends, but Geddoh promises that they can share the majesty of the evening sky even while they are far apart. ``Your sky, your moon, your stars are mine, too, habibi, my dear. And as you look up . . . my thoughts will fly to you.'' Farnsworth's graceful oil illustrations are done in muted pastels, portraying the images in a soft focus. Matze's lyrical descriptions of Geddoh's homeland paint a vivid picture of a remote culture; within the poignant tale of a young boy's deepening relationship with his grandfather is a powerful message of the enduring nature of a love that cannot be diminished by time or space. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-In this thinly plotted book, Alex relates what happens when his Geddoh (Arabic for grandfather) comes to the United States for a lengthy stay. Geddoh brings presents, shares knowledge about his Mediterranean homeland with his grandson, and spends happy days with him. All too soon, his visit draws to an end, but Geddoh reminds Alex that they will always share the sparkling canopy of the night sky. The writing is commonplace and not without clich?s. The illustrations, muted oils on linen, are usually opposed by boxed text on the left but sometimes cover an entire spread. They are somewhat static and monotonous. For a much richer look at a similar culture, give children Naomi Shihab Nye's Sitti's Secrets (Four Winds, 1994), in which a little girl visits her Palestinian grandmother on the West Bank.
Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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