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ISBN: 9780152015985
Author: Fox, Mem/ Robinson, Aminah Brenda Lynn (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 1997
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Sophie loves her Grandpa--and her Grandpa, of course, loves Sophie. They are best friends. Then one day there is no Grandpa. . . . Family love and the natural cycle of birth, life, and death are tenderly portrayed in this moving story. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places
Library of Congress Subjects:
Grandfathers; Fiction.
Death; Fiction.
Birth; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL 99792040
Lexile Measure: 340
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.50" W
Bargain Category: Geography, Growing Up, Picture Books
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Sophie loves her Grandpa. And her Grandpa loves Sophie. They are best friends. And then one day there is no Grandpa. . . . Family love and the natural cycle of birth, life, and death are tenderly portrayed in this moving story. "Fox's spare text distills complex life passages into emotions so clear even a child can understand and perhaps draw comfort from them."--"Booklist"
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
In a warm and gentle story, Fox shares the events that embody the life cycle from birth to death in an African-American family, with a focus on the special relationship between Sophie and her grandfather. In each of Robinson's striking acrylic paintings, the eye is drawn to the oversized hands, which seem to symbolize the continuity of family connections. A thought-provoking blend of words and pictures. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 September #1)
PW found this story of life cycles in an African American family "eloquent in its simplicity." Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1994 October #2)
In this cyclical tale, Grandpa welcomes infant Sophie into the world; much later, Sophie is saddened when ``there was no Grandpa.'' The birth of Sophie's own child completes the circle. Fox's (Time for Bed) rhythmic, sparsely worded text (``Grandpa grew older and slower and smaller'') captures the deep love between Sophie and Grandpa, a bond emphasized in the artwork by the presence of oversized hands clasped in friendship. Sophie's development (``Sophie grew and grew and grew'') is contrasted with Grandpa's decline into ``little Grandpa,'' and Sophie begins to care for him as he once looked after her. Robinson (Elijah's Angel) paints in an almost aggressively naive style, playing fast and loose with perspective and line. Occasionally her efforts fall flat, but more often her compositions offer up a wealth of verve and emotion. This engaging picture book is eloquent in its simplicity, and its raw, densely peopled artwork saves it from sentimentality. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1994 November)
PreS-Gr 2-In a few very brief sentences, Fox charts the cycle of life within a family as Sophie is born and grows bigger while her beloved grandfather becomes older and slower. The cycle begins again after the elderly man's death with the birth of Sophie's own child. The words are kept to a bare minimum; the pictures fill in the emotional content, clarifying what is meant by ``Once there was no Sophie'' by showing her mother pregnant. The illustrations of a close-knit, extended African American family are highly stylized and Rouault-like in their thick application of paint, broad brush strokes, and black outlines. Despite the stylization, the faces are individualized. However, the pictures often lack the balance between artistic expression and the visual needs of young children as found in books such as Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach (Crown, 1991) or John Steptoe's Stevie (HarperCollins, 1969). Robinson makes hands the focus of many of the pictures; they are huge, distorted, seemingly boneless yet strong. For example, in the first picture, a group of adults form a semicircle around the pregnant woman and a mass of their outsized, intertwined hands dominates the center of the double-page spread. While this is an interesting and bold artistic approach, it is visually complex and may confuse the audience for whom the text seems intended.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.