Grandma is a Slowpoke

21 Mar

27036636Grandma is a Slowpoke

written by Janet Halfmann

illustrated by Michele Coxon

Star Bright Books, February 2016

Grandma and granddaughter go out for a walk. Grandma points out interesting things along the way, a squirrel’s nest, bathing ducks, a rabbit family, and more. Although the girl repeatedly complains that Grandma is a slowpoke, she soon starts to see things Grandma’s way. By the end of the story, the girl is not in such a big hurry to get home. Grandma agrees to stay until the fireflies come out.

One of the perks of writing book reviews is finding new stories that I might have never seen otherwise. This is one of those hidden treasures. My library system has several of Janet Halfmann’s other books, but it has not acquired this title yet. I was able to get a copy from the author herself.

When I read this book, I had an immediate connection to the grandma in the story. It was the slow-paced comforting tone of the book which drew me into the story. And the sweet granddaughter who appreciated the time spent with her grandma won me over. This is one for the family read aloud.

And teachers, pick up a copy of this one when you’re gathering your collection of books for Grandparents’ Day (September 11th) or whenever your class invites grandparents to visit. Maybe invite grandparents in for a special nature walk to a local park. Have a scavenger hunt or if the park is too far away provide twigs and leaves for a natural art project they can do together. Serve fresh veggies and lemonade to end your day.

However you choose to extend the story life of the book, be sure to help your little ones make that connection between the love of reading and their older family members.

Slow down and enjoy your day!

5 Responses to “Grandma is a Slowpoke”

  1. Janet Halfmann March 22, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

    Juliana, thanks so much for the wonderful review of Grandma Is a Slowpoke, and especially for the great ideas on how teachers can extend the book to include kids and grandparents.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Juliana Lee March 22, 2016 at 7:50 PM #

      My pleasure Janet. The book is definitely one for the bookshelf!


  2. Patricia Tilton March 21, 2016 at 5:06 PM #

    You find the best intergenerational books for children. Love this title. This looks like a treasure. We really need more books for children about aging grandparents. There is so much kids can learn in spending time with grandparents.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Juliana Lee March 21, 2016 at 6:09 PM #

      Thanks Pat. Actually, this author found me and sent me a copy of her book. So, bonus… I get to keep the book! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Janet Halfmann March 22, 2016 at 3:18 PM #

      Patricia, thank you so much for your heartwarming comment. I am so grateful my grandchildren inspired me to write this book!

      Liked by 2 people

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