Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Grandpa Green's great grandson takes us on a tour of the topiary garden. From chickenpox to wedding cakes, farmyards to battlegrounds, our little tour guide moves us through the highs and lows of his great grandfather's life.
I read this book to my little girl, and she was charmed by the creative, visual history of the garden. Her class recently worked on a family storybook project as part of the school wide theme - Traditions. Each kindergartner had to choose a story from their family history (recent or less so) to share with the class. They dictated their stories to a parent, brought the story to school, and then illustrated their work. My daughter loved this project, and reading Grandpa Green helped her understand the importance of storytelling and family history.
I recommend Lane Smith's lovely picture book to parents and grandparents who want to talk to their young ones about family legacy, memory, and love.
Blog you later!