Don't overlook this sweet story of family and friendship.

Summary:

Henry introduces Charley, the family's new dog, to his grandfather via letter. He immediately invites his grandfather to come for a long visit. In his reply, Grampa says he's unsure about being friends with a dog, and that he would visit soon. Henry and Charley met Grampa at the train station and as they walked home the wind and snow picked up. Grampa lost his cap in the breeze and Charley got away from Henry. Things were not starting off well.


Parent Perspective:
I loved this book far more than I expected to, and I have read it quite a few times now. On the one hand, the story is a bit predictable (which is good for young readers) and yet it has a freshness and originality to it, as well.

I especially love that Grampa expresses upfront that he isn't a fan of dogs. More often than not, that perspective is presented as comic or farcical. It feels real with Grampa, and kids will see that. I also like the letter-writing between the two.

The color palette is wonderful and makes this snowy story cozy. The balance of text to image is flawless, and kids will enjoy exploring the illustrations on their own. Highly recommended!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Perfect for bedtime or anytime, readers will enjoy the lovely illustrations and the light-hearted, somewhat predictable story about friendship and family.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book about family.
Educational Themes:

The story begins with letters being exchanged between Grampa and Henry. It may inspire (or you can encourage) your young reader to write a letter to someone, even if not a grandparent.

There are also lessons in change, handling new experiences, and friendship that are easily drawn from the story.

Reading Level:
2.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow for sure. It is a sweet story. If you have a pup or a visiting grandparent, consider this a buy for the family to read together.

Title When Charley Met Granpa
Author Amy Hest
Publisher Walker Childrens, Walker Books Group © 2013
Illustrators Helen Oxenbury
ISBN 9781406345988
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Holidays
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