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.

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.