Love & Care

In many countries December is a month filled with celebrations. We wanted to focus on the underlying aspects of love and care for family and friends – young and old.

“Grandpa Green wasn’t always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. The readers follow Grandpa Green’s great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical.” (Macmillan Publishers) look inside & Lane’s website. Grandpa Green works very well with primary learners of all ages. Watch our videos for all our teaching ideas. And if you fancy a visual arts ‘topiary’ lesson, here we go.

Peritextual features
Front cover: Point out the Caldecott Honour Award on the front cover;
Predict who the characters are and their relationship; What is topiary? Share this word and explain the elephant tree is an example as this.
End Papers: After sharing the picturebook for the first time, ask children why they think the endpapers are dark green
Dust jacket flaps:: These make reference to Lane Smith and his wife who is a book designer. You can share this with the children if you wish.

Teacher education
Working with individual double spreads

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Multiliteracies
Film: Using the book trailer as a point of entry and for making predictions
Emotional: Empathising
Nature: Identifying trees: evergreen/deciduous, understanding the changing seasons, and wind dispersal of seeds
Visual: interpreting illustrations
Learning: Predicting, becoming aware of memory
techniques

Book Trailer Grandpa Green 

Kindness Calendar

Notes from the classroom
Our grandparents –linking to our roots;
What do we know about our grandfathers – making a lap book

Additional Suggestions

Below you will find some more recommendations linked to the theme of Love & Care. We have indicated if we think the picturebook is suitable for Younger Primary Learners [YPL], Older Primary Learners [OPL] or All Primary Learners [APL]. We have also linked suitable teaching resources.

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