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Grand-parenting is fabulous, as great as all of our friends had told us it would be. It’s somewhat similar to folks from outside Texas when they first visit a Buc-ee’s and tell you, “I heard about it, but you can’t fully appreciate it until you’re here.” We are “here” for the grandparent thing and loving every minute.
I am Poppy and my long-suffering bride is Mimi to our tall, precocious 3.5-year-old chatterbox grandson and we were able to have him spend a day or two with us this weekend (we are fortunate that they live only 30 minutes away from us in North Texas). We enjoyed playing in the sand in our neighborhood’s elaborate lagoon pool and in the afternoon went to our nearby mall (someone else’s A/C!) and visited the two-story Barnes and Noble therein. We were able to browse the books (browsing books by picking them up and reading a bit–what a concept!) and found a surprisingly wonderful book in the children’s section that featured books and stuffed animals to match.
Another excellent thing about grand-parenting is that you and your grandchildren can encounter books for the first time that have been enjoyed by millions. Such was the case with our purchase of the delightful book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, “The Gruffalo” published more than 20 years ago. The book features rhyming text, repetitive language and story structure, and some very clever twists and turns. Our grandson loved it and wanted to have it read to him repeatedly during that evening and the afternoon that followed.
It reminded us of the books that our girls loved to have read to them when they were young like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and the wonderfully silly books by Jon Scieszka (“The Stinky Cheese Man” and “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs”). My mom tells us that I was a big fan of P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?” and I can remember the wonderful books read on Captain Kangaroo and seen in black and white (“Caps for Sale,” “Make Way for Ducklings,” and “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel”).
We can’t wait to get to longer texts and chapter books and get caught up on the best of children’s literature from the last 30 years as our little men get older! What are some of your family’s favorite picture books?Published in