Faraway Grandpa

FARAWAY GRANDPA

by Roberta Karim
illustrated by Ted Rand
Henry Holt & Co.


ISBN 0-8050-6785-X



Young Kathleen loves visiting her grandfather at his faraway home each summer to sing songs and play games, but when he becomes forgetful and comes to live with her and her parents, she can still share special times with him  . . .

One summer, Grandpa Danny and Kathleen sang their newfound favorite song: "Danny Boy."  That was the summer Grandpa taught her about listening with her heart and not her ears.

The next summer, Gramps had forgotten Kathleen was coming to visit.  He forgot to make ice cream for their special root beer floats.  His head seemed to be in the clouds.

The family brought their Faraway Grandpa to live with them.   And even on Grandpa Danny's most cloudy days, Kathleen knew that when she sang "Danny Boy," he was listening with his heart.

This story of love and devotion between a grandchild and grandparent will touch hearts young and old.

Includes the sheet music and lyrics for "Danny Boy."


Author Roberta Karim grew up with the joy of music, from piano playing, to drumming in marching bands and pit orchestra musicals, to dancing in the Belgian National Opera.  But when Alzheimer's touched those she loved, she saw the power of music, and the power of a listening heart.



AWARDS & RECOMMENDATIONS:


* A Best Children’s Book of the Year -- Bank Street College of Education


* Missourian Children's Book Buzz Picks


* Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List

* Oppenheim Toy Portfolio --
Best Toys, Books, Videos, Music & Software for Kids

* Alzheimer's Association book lists



QUICK REVIEWS:


NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION:

"Roberta Karim covers a difficult subject with lots of heart."


SPARKS: CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW JOURNAL:

"As Grandpa continues to be forgetful, Kathleen is always there to remind him of their favorite song and traditions.   The illustrations are beautiful and the story touching.  This book will help children understand Alzheimer's disease."


ALA BOOKLIST:

"Written from a child's viewpoint, this picture book tells the story of a beloved grandfather with Alzheimer's disease.  In Rand's warm, pencil-and-watercolor paintings and Karim's short, unrhymed lines, the quiet scenarios of hurt and humiliation and heartfelt love tell the truth."


KIRKUS REVIEWS:

"Rand's lovely pastels, furnishings, and clothing recall a bygone era with the warmth of this intergenerational bond."


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

"The story's dominant themes of distance, loneliness, and loss appear in the title, in the lyrics of Grandpa's favorite song, and most obviously when he gets lost in Kathleen's house.  Still, she always helps him find his way back, however briefly.  Rand's pencil, watercolor, and acrylic art depicts the period with warmth and detail."


AMAZON REVIEWER:

"I marveled at Kathleen's loving response to her grandfather's illness and her determination to maintain their close bond despite his faraway mind.  Karim's engaging prose and Rand's lively illustrations make a heartbreaking subject easy to digest." -- Ann B. Weaver


CHILDREN'S LITERATURE:

"Karim injects levity into this emotional subject (Alzheimer's).  Faraway Grandpa gives us a glimpse into the spirit of the Irish through Karim's rich melodic text."