When a Grandpa Says "I Love You."

When a Grandpa Says "I Love You." illus. by Jennifer A. Bell. 32p. S. & S. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.00. ISBN 9780689815126. LC 2012047773.
PreS-Gr 1—Showing love can be much more powerful than expressing it in words. Whether a granddad is teaching, sharing, watching, cheering, or keeping a child safe, it's important to understand that those activities reveal how deeply he cares. A variety of grandfather/grandchild scenarios, including squirrels, pandas, koalas, hippos, and owls all reveal the same thing: Grandpas love their grandchildren and communicate their love in a multitude of ways. Holding hands on a walk, teaching shoelace tying, showing and sharing a coin collection, playing old and new games, and dancing and reading together are a few of the examples displayed in Bell's joyful, softly hued pencil illustrations. With an "actions speak louder than words" theme, the grandfathers depicted here speak volumes and confirm the importance of spending quality time with their grandchildren. Similar in tone to the author's When a Dad Says "I Love You" (S. & S., 2013), this charming title celebrates intergenerational relationships.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
Without saying the words, different animal grandpas express love for their grandchildren in many ways: tousling hair, winking, tying shoelaces, or "teaching you to throw a super-duper, screaming yellow zonker sinker ball." Rendered in pencil and finished digitally, cozy vignettes and double-page spreads highlight the special relationships between grandfathers and their grandchildren in this sentimental story.

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