|Tea with Grandpa|
Author: Saltzberg, Barney
No matter how far apart they are, a little girl and her grandfather share a cup of tea every day at half past three.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/14)
School Library Journal (04/01/14)
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School Library Journal - 04/01/2014 PreS-Gr 2—"Every day at half past three…Me and Grandpa. Time for tea." The child and her grandfather share stories, sing songs, drink tea, of course, and more. Fans of Saltzberg's beloved animal characters will be delighted that they join in the fun as well. Large print and simple vocabulary make this an ideal beginning reader, and a twist at the end will appeal to savvy readers. Bright pastels serve as background for the text, while Saltzberg's simple, cartoon pen-and-ink illustrations are washed with soft hues of coordinating colors. The endpapers are delightfully arrayed with the comical animal stars of the text drinking tea as well. Perfect for sharing about the love between children and their grandparents, a love that has no boundaries or conditions. Simply charming!—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2014 The timelessness of the tea party goes digital when a young girl and her grandfather find a creative way to connect despite being separated by distance. At first, this seems like any party, complete with tea, singing, silliness, and animal friends. The simple text and well-paced rhymes work well with the softly colored line drawings that express the action and joy of the scene. It’s only at the book’s conclusion that we see Grandpa is inside a computer, Skyping with the girl, and not actually at the table. This kind of relationship is one many kids today will relate to, and the book is also a great reminder that even though their grandparents might be far away, they are always close enough for tea. For a storytime about the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, pair this with My Most Favorite Thing (2000), by Nicola Moon, and The Hello Goodbye Window (2005), by Norton Juster. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.