Monday, September 23, 2013

When Charley Met Grampa

When Charley Met Grampa
Written by Amy Hest
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Candlewick Press, 2013. Unpaged picture book.

Henry can't wait for Grampa to meet his new puppy, Charley! He writes to Grampa, asking him when he's going to come for a visit. Grampa writes back, "About that dog. Is he friendly or fierce? I've never been friends with a dog before. I'll do my best, but no promises." He arrives on the train, in the middle of a white, fluffy snowstorm.When the wind blows Grampa's hat off, Charley fetches it from a snowbank. This sweet action makes the two instant friends, much to the delight of young Henry. This picture book is beautiful, with its soft pencil and watercolor illustrations. The story begs to be read aloud at bedtime, while snuggled up with some hot cocoa. Hurry up, winter!

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