In our house we talk a lot about family and for good reason.
1. Family is important to us.
2. Our family is very spread out so it's harder to reinforce this importance through getting together.
That's why I'm always on the lookout for solid books about family to help our two little ones better understand such a big topic. Since we had already fallen in love with Amy's Night Night Daddy and were facing an extended absence from our own Papa due to a health concern, now seemed the perfect time to check out Thank You, God, for Grandpa.
First off, hats off to Rosalinda Kightley. Her illustrations of the gorilla family in their many adventures were gorgeous and full of life. The use of colour and detail really help the characters jump off the page and engage little ones with short attention spans (not to mention entice other little ones who are too busy for story time ;) ) The book would just not hit the same level of excellence without Kightley's skill.
Even so, this book is a team effort and Parker comes through again with her customary charm and easy to read aloud style that continues to captivate my little audience.While I recognize not everyone has a positive memory with their grandparents both myself and my kids have known our grandpas (or Papa in our house) as well as a Great Papa. Thanks to Parker's ability to hit general events and spin them into special moments for her characters, most people with special memories of their grandparents will find something relatable in these pages.
Amy Parker excels at delivering sweet, simple stories that remind readers of the best in family relationships and is definitely a go-to author in our library.
5 out of 5 stars.
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