Tea with Grandpa

illus. by Barney Saltzberg. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Apr. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781596438941. LC 2013001548.
PreS-Gr 2—"Every day at half past three…Me and Grandpa. Time for tea." The child and her grandfather share stories, sing songs, drink tea, of course, and more. Fans of Saltzberg's beloved animal characters will be delighted that they join in the fun as well. Large print and simple vocabulary make this an ideal beginning reader, and a twist at the end will appeal to savvy readers. Bright pastels serve as background for the text, while Saltzberg's simple, cartoon pen-and-ink illustrations are washed with soft hues of coordinating colors. The endpapers are delightfully arrayed with the comical animal stars of the text drinking tea as well. Perfect for sharing about the love between children and their grandparents, a love that has no boundaries or conditions. Simply charming!—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
A girl describes the daily tea she shares with her grandfather. With their tea they sing songs, tell stories, and laugh together. But sharing a muffin is impossible, because the surprising reveal is that they have their daily visit via webcam. The simple rhyming text and spare line and watercolor illustrations juxtapose sweetly with the modern-day technological twist.

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