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.
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!
Perfect for bedtime or anytime, readers will enjoy the lovely illustrations and the light-hearted, somewhat predictable story about friendship and family.
This is a picture book about family.
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.
8 and Up
3 to 8
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.