One, Two, Grandpa Loves You

Abrams/Appleseed. Mar. 2023. 24p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781419765087.
PreS-Gr 2–In this joy-filled follow-up to One, Two, Grandma Loves You, readers are invited to join the same young girl, and this time her beloved grandfather, as they journey together to an eagerly anticipated camping trip. Once again set to the rhyming tune of “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” the book begins with opening spreads that depict a mixed-race child and her puffy ponytail, giddy with anticipation for her grandfather’s arrival. Her father, who presents Black, and mother, who presents white, open the door to reveal Grandpa, who is also Black. The pair quickly set off for their adventure, which features plenty of traffic and no shortage of heartfelt sing-alongs. The duo eventually arrives at their destination, reveling in the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors, as well as each other’s company. All too soon, the trip must come to an end, but plans are already in motion for their next expedition. Yaccarino’s signature illustrations feature bold, bright colors and patches of pattern on each spread, coupled flawlessly with Becker’s exhilarating text to capture the immeasurable love shared between the child and her grandfather.
VERDICT Sure to be a cherished favorite, this simple but resonant book is highly recommended for early elementary collections.

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