John Winch Keeping Up With Grandma

ISBN 13: 9780823415632

Keeping Up With Grandma

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Grandma keeps Grandpa very busy with her daredevil adventures, but eventually Grandpa shows her that the best things in life can be found right at home.

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John Winch is a well-known painter, printmaker, sculptor and ceramicist who has exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, with works in the National Gallery, Canberra, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. John’s picture books were inspired by country life in historic Stuart Town, NSW. These picture books are characterised by loving watercolours of animals and people in rural Australia. ‘I use the long hours involved in illustration as an excuse to indulge my real passion, classical music. A double page averages out at thirty-four concertos, sixteen symphonies and three madrigals...’'

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PreSchool-Grade 3-A pleasing story that emphasizes balance and the simple pleasures of everyday life. One day, Grandma decides to leave her cake baking behind for more exciting hobbies and drags her husband along to climb mountains, paddle white water, and ride broncos. Whatever the activity, Grandpa simply can't keep pace with his intrepid wife. Readers will sympathize with him as he comes face to face with a toothy fish while canoeing, is submerged under a hot-air balloon while still on the ground, and becomes hopelessly tangled in the ropes of a sailboat. After a series of bungled adventures, the well-seasoned couple ends up back at home, their yard filled with the discarded trappings of their travels. Grandma is back to collecting eggs for her cakes and Grandpa returns to his painting-but he now has new inspiration for his pictures. The flat, folk-style watercolor illustrations are a bit nostalgic and are well suited to the tone of the story. While many of the double-page spreads show the adventurers in action, occasional close-ups of their faces convey their respective reactions to each situation and underscore the tongue-in-cheek humor of the text. Children will enjoy the funny details, as Grandpa hangs from a tree while his wife sleds past and barnyard fowl line up to watch the twosome dance. The action-filled text and eye-catching art make this book a winner for group sharing.
Carolyn Stacey, Jefferson County Public Library, Arvada, CO
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