Stones for Grandpa

by Londner, Renee,

Format: Print Book ©2013.
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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A little boy and his family gather at the cemetery for the unveiling of his grandpa's gravestone, bringing stones to place on the grave, in the Jewish custom. They tell stories that help the boy deal with his loss, reminding him of the wonderful memories he has of his grandpa.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A young boy remembers his grandfather as the year following Grandpa's death comes to a close. He recalls holidays and special occasions spent with Grandpa as well as those same occurrences this year in his absence, and although the boy worries he might forget his grandfather, Mommy reassures that memories of someone you love never get lost. Finally, the child and his extended family gather at the cemetery for a Jewish dedication ceremony where Grandpa's gravestone is formally unveiled and family members place small stones on the grave to celebrate special memories of him. Londner's thoughtful story is sensitive to the issues surrounding the grieving process yet never becomes maudlin. Aviles' gentle illustrations employ a bright spring palette that lightens the mood even as it respects the story's serious content. This makes an excellent resource for young families that have experienced a death; pair with Sandy Lanton's Daddy's Chair (1991), a title that explains the Jewish bereavement custom of sitting shivah, which occurs during the week immediately following a death.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Londner (Ruby's Whistle) and Aviles (The Shabbat Princess) present a small boy as he observes two of the distinctly Jewish rituals of mourning: the unveiling of his beloved grandfather's tombstone (which traditionally occurs one year after a death) and the placing of stones on the tombstone by visitors to the grave ("It's a way of showing that we have been here to remember," explains the boy's father). The event prompts melancholy reflection on Jewish holidays that have passed without Grandpa ("It was the first Hanukkah without Grandpa spinning his lucky dreidel"), but the rituals also help the boy understand that "memories made of someone you love never get lost." Londner handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity and admirable restraint, while Aviles's verdant scenes at the cemetery are beautifully realized; she reassures children that this sad and even scary setting can be a place of solace and fond celebration. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Judaism -- Customs and practices -- Fiction.
Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction.
Death -- Juvenile fiction.
Judaism -- Customs and practices -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :Kar-Ben Pub.,©2013.
Contributors Avilés Junco, Martha, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9780761374961 (pbk.)
0761374965 (pbk.)
9780761374954 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
0761374957 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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