Sunday, May 12, 2013

Book Review: Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londner, Illustrated by Martha Aviles

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

A little Jewish boy’s grandpa died a year ago and his family travels to the cemetery to unveil his tombstone. His mom teaches him that the first year without his grandpa is the hardest. He begins to recall how hard the first year of being without his grandpa has been; the first year of not hanging the sukkah lights with him, the first year without him hiding the afikomen during Passover, etc. His family places stones on the top of his tombstone to remember him. Some of the stones have a meaning behind where they came from, like a stone that the little boy gathers from a playground where his grandpa used to push him on the swings.

I liked how the family came together to unveil his grandpa’s tombstone. I also liked when the little boy rummages through a small wooden memory box that his mom gave him to remember his grandpa, and he explains that the best memories of his grandpa are the memories that he holds inside of himself. He is scared that he will forget about his grandpa but his mom helps him to understand that his memories of his grandpa will not get lost because of his love for him. 

Created for ages 5-9, Grades K-3

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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