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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Grandpa’s Cigar Box by Barbara Renner, we are introduced to a little girl who loves visiting her grandpa. Every time she visits, depending on the season, her grandfather has treats and ideas for games that he places in his old cigar box to surprise his granddaughter. In the springtime, they eat marshmallow bunnies and plant flowers. In summer they eat gumdrops and go swimming, and then in the fall they eat candy corn and make jack-o-lanterns. In the winter through, something isn’t quite right. When she comes to visit her grandparents, her grandpa isn’t there with his cigar box ready. That’s when she learns that he is sick and is resting in bed. She decides to switch places and puts a candy cane and coloring books in the box so she and her grandpa can have a treat and do an activity where her grandfather can stay in bed and rest.
I thought Grandpa’s Cigar Box was an adorable read. Many kids find spending time with their grandparents as fun and a break from their normal home routine. For an older reader like myself, it brought me back to my childhood when I would wander next door to my grandma’s apartment. I loved being there and this book brought back those nostalgic feelings. This is a book both children and adults can enjoy. The illustrations are also beautifully done and they fit perfectly with the storyline. Barbara Renner has done a wonderful job with this book and I can’t wait to read more of her works in the future.