A Mango For Grandpa

Summary:

Whenever Grandpa came to visit, he would bring mangoes. His grandchildren would sit at the table with him while he prepared the juicy fruit. But then Grandpa started forgetting things ... he even forgot their names. When Anai saw mangos growing on a tree, she took some to Grandpa. She took them every day until he could eat them no more.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a sensitive story for helping children understand aging and the death of a loved one.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction

I liked the story because Grandpa helped the kids, and then the kids helped him. I picked it because it looked like a good book.

Parent Reaction

This is a touching story. Anai, a little girl, is the narrator, which helps convey the message in a way kids can understand. The story shows kids how love doesn't change, even when they can't remember your name. The author does a great job showing that memories of someone can make you happy, too.

Type of Book:
This is a story to help children celebrate the life of an aging family member.
Educational Themes:

Although the book doesn't mention a specific disease, memory loss and then muscle loss are indicative of a number of illnesses that families are familiar with. This will help kids understand the progression of aging and/or illness.

Reading Level:
2.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.
Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely borrow. This is a well-told story that can help children understand aging and death.

Title A Mango for Grandpa
Author Caroline Hudicourt
Publisher International Step by Step Association © 2007
Illustrators Ismer Saincilus
ISBN 9781931854511
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Family, Health & Wellness, Foreign Language | Bilingual
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