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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Why I Love Grandpa: A Celebration of Grandpas and Their Love of Children by PeTika Tave is a beautiful tribute to grandfathers. It shows us all how important that connection between children and their grandparents is. There are some wonderful subtleties that make this story so warm and personal. To begin with, the story is written in the first person so that when any child is reading it, he or she becomes the boy or girl in the story. Second, I truly appreciate the way that the grandfather is presented as a helpmate and a friend. This speaks to me of bonds being built that can help a child through more difficult times as that child grows older. Though the grandmother isn’t in this book, the story also teaches children tremendous love and respect for both their grandparents. It encourages them to take advantage of the precious times they can have with these people. The illustrations by Vikas Upadhyay are colorful and inviting. I really like the wide-open feel of each setting and the way the grandfather and the grandchildren are always center stage. The last page in the book is a wonderful, inviting touch.
As a final perspective, Why I Love Grandpa: A Celebration of Grandpas and Their Love of Children has a hidden ingredient in it, one that animates both the words and the illustrations. This ingredient is the author’s love and respect for her grandparents. This love is something that is blended into the writing and that you feel as a reader. In reading about the many reasons why these children loved their grandfather and being right there with them in the different activities, I couldn’t help but think of times when my grandfather and I shared our own set of activities, just the two of us, and it was so good to revisit these times. Thank you, PeTika Tave, for your beautiful story.