A touching portrayal of the relationship between a little girl and her ‘granpa’, this book contains a mixture of narrative by the grandparent and child. They are pictured enjoying various activities together: singing, eating icecream, fishing. Towards the end of the book, the girl explains that granpa can’t go out to play (he’s pictured sitting in his armchair, wrapped in a blanket, with medicines, a hot water bottle and thermometer beside him). The girl is then pictured sitting on granpa’s lap watching television, and the girl is asking, “Tomorrow shall we go to Africa, and you can be the captain?”. The book concludes poignantly with an illustration of granpa’s empty armchair and his granddaughter sitting quietly looking at it.
Categories: Death & Bereavement
A child who has lost a grandparent may identify with the little girl in the story.
Author: John Burningham Illustrator: John Burningham Publisher: Red Fox