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Silas' Seven Grandparents
New edition
By (author): Anita Horrocks Illustrated by: Helen Flook
9781459816404 Paperback, Picture book, Flaps English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational North America Oct 10, 2017
$10.95 CAD
Active 8.25 x 10.5 x 0.13 in | 180 gr 32 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
 
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2011, Commended CCBC Best Books starred selection 2011, Commended OLA Best Bets 2010, Commended
Each of Silas' seven grandparents has something special to offer.

Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. But when Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. One Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at the same time! How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings?

Silas' Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents as a result of divorce and remarriage. Silas' grandparents enjoy exposing him to a variety of interests, values and cultures. But problems arise when Silas feels he can't be everywhere at once. In the end, it's Silas' sensitive, inclusive nature that brings everyone together.

Anita Horrocks has published several award-winning books for young readers. Anita lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, where she divides her time between working part-time at the library, traveling, hiking, cycling, walking, writing, reading, quilting, baking and doing other grandma things.

Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has a Degree in Graphic Design from the Norwich School of Art. Helen has illustrated numerous children's books, including many Orca picture books and early chapter books in the Orca Echoes series. She lives and works in Abergwyngregyn, a village in Wales.

"Fills a much-needed niche in that it addresses the fact that all families look different. It is also a celebration of these differences. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"The deftly drawn water-based ink illustrations reflect the story's upbeat tone and portray the widely diverse grandparents in ways that make them distinctive. A refreshing alternative to the many overly sentimental picture books about children and their grandparents." - Booklist

"Done in acrylic ink, the lively cartoon art is bright and unassuming. The cast of characters is subtly multicultural but their ethnic diversity is presented in a matter-of-fact way. This is a positive story about love and family to share one-on-one with grandparents, no matter how many there are." - School Library Journal

"Silas's conflict is wholly relatable, and readers will enjoy, vicariously, all the doting, shown in carefree acrylic-ink illustrations." - The Horn Book Guide

"The grandparents themselves are portrayed with joy and great variety, not only in stature and demeanor but ethnicity as well. This is simply a delightful celebration of family." - Puget Sound Council

"[A] great picture book, not only because it is a fun story to read, but because it teaches kids about a different set of family dynamics…The end of this book is super cute, and it's guaranteed to touch the hearts of all readers, big and small." - Lethbridge Living Magazine

"This cute story will cause students to wonder how one boy can have seven grandparents, but this situation can also be turned into a teachable moment...Anita Horrocks writes of a very loving family situation. Helen Flook's illustrations are bright and colorful, warmly complementing this family story...Recommended." - Library Media Connection

"An unusual grandparent story told with humor—not at all sentimental and introducing the variations on family configurations. Recommended." - Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

"Really entertaining...It also teaches children about decision making and family life." - BookLinx

"An intergenerational story with a lot of heart." - Kirkus Reviews

Flook's illustrations give wonderful personalities to all of the grandparents and are filled with many interesting details that kids will enjoy spotting and commenting upon. A lovely story for grandparents and grandchildren to share. - School Library Journal

"This book really shines in the depiction of Silas' grandparents. Not only are they active and passionate about life they are also extremely diverse: Most are in couples, but one is single; they have a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and they range from moderately grey to notably wrinkled. This is a book with detailed, colourful illustrations and a story that values inclusiveness." - Resource Links

"A good jump off point to discuss the many different forms of family. Silas' final idea is cute." - Kiss the Book blog

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