Grandad's Camper: A picture book for children that celebrates LGBTQIA+ families

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Grandad's Camper: A picture book for children that celebrates LGBTQIA+ families

Grandad's Camper: A picture book for children that celebrates LGBTQIA+ families

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So, their amazing granddaughter comes up with a clever plan to fix up the old camper and get Grandad excited to explore again. That leaves the child's role (and there is no mention of parents, or even that Grandad and Gramps had children) as brackets to the piece, only becoming an active part of the story at the end. When Grandad reflects back on his life with Gramps, his memories take the visual form of vignettes showing the younger versions of the men--Grandad white, Gramps with the same brown skin tone as the girl--on the road, at home, or enjoying the great outdoors, but always delighted to be together. To do so, they enlist a groovy pink and white camper with a zippy blue stripe as a symbol of both the past and moving on. The art throughout Grandad's Camper is dashing, the layouts somehow chockablock and yet never too busy.

The children begin the sequence of learning by exploring a dusty memory box from the attic which contains objects linked to Grandad’s memories of his time in the campervan with Gramps. Readers are introduced to a young, brown-skinned, curly-haired protagonist on a visit to their White grandfather's cottage. As they look through photo albums, he talks fondly about how they travelled the world together in their beloved pink campervan. It's so important that little ones grow up and see their type of family set-up reflected in the books you share with them. Every summer, the narrator of this heart-warming tale goes to stay with her grandad in his pretty old cottage by the sea.The illustrations are full of warmth, colour and joy, beautifully echoing the excitement of discovery and adventure. It is also a story that deals with grief and the importance of sharing memories about cherished people who have passed. Woodgate's explosively colorful scenes center most of the book on the men, with snapshot after snapshot of their loving life together.

The depiction of a loving, same-sex relationship between Grandad and Gramps, as well as the different ethnicities of the main characters, ensure this wonderfully inclusive book reflects a range of experiences, representative of today’s society. She loves to examine the fabulous knick-knacks he has collected on his travels and play hide and seek in his amazing garden.Children create labels for the items, then explore the concept of memories by thinking about how things special to them hold memories and form connections to times and events in our lives. While there, the protagonist, who narrates, and their grandfather play the usual games and do the usual activities, but Grandad also tells stories about how he and Gramps, a man of color who is now deceased, met and fell in love while traveling in an old VW microbus. Grandad, white, and now balding, recounts their adventures to his young grandchild who hangs on every word. This poignant tale acknowledges the sadness of losing a loved one, but also celebrates the pleasure of remembering those who have touched our lives.

The book reflects on an aspect of mature gay life, a piercing sense of loss, and in the child, of the possibilities still to be found.Still, there is a wholesome gentility to every page, of enjoying every minute, even in memory, of growing sweet cherries in the garden, and of filling a home with mementos and stories. The artwork is enticing and rich, and readers will be happy to pore over the pages studying details like Grandad's friendly dog and the textured backgrounds as they read and reread the story. An effective tool for teaching empathy, and the intergenerational bond at the story's center is a heartstrings puller. This is a quiet story that speaks volumes, and astute educators and storytellers will be able to use the book in both intimate storytimes and with larger groups. It was inspired by their university dissertation, which revealed a lack of representation for older LGBTQIA+ characters in children’s books.

Roo loves staying with her grandfather in his cottage by the sea and enjoys listening to his wonderful stories. Following this, children create expanded noun phrases to enhance their descriptive writing and use these to support them in writing poetry about an object which holds a special memory to them. Celebrate love in all its forms, as Grandad tells his granddaughter about the adventures he used to have with Gramps.

VERDICT For the hope for new adventures, and the glimpse of intergenerational kindness and understanding, this lovely book should be on every shelf. This beautiful picture book honors love and reminds us not only to remember those we have lost, but to celebrate them. That child is inspired to help Grandad dust off the old camper/bus in the garage, give it a new blue stripe, change a tire, and start out for new adventures.

  • Fruugo ID: 258392218-563234582
  • EAN: 764486781913
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