Following Grandfather by Rosemary Wells

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Invisible to humans exists a parallel world of mice, where young Jenny misses her cherished grandfather so much that she begins to see him everywhere.

Jenny is as close to her grandfather as a small mouse can be. Grandfather shows Jenny how to button her buttons and how to write her name. He passes along to her the secrets of making the best lasagna in all of Boston. And during long, shared days at Revere Beach, Grandfather teaches Jenny the names of the seashells they find washed up on shore. When Grandfather is all of a sudden gone one day, the hole he leaves behind is too great for Jenny to fathom. Isn’t that him turning a corner, sitting on a bench, heading for the pier, walking along their beloved beach? Jenny runs after the familiar silver whiskers, hoping. . . . Rosemary Wells peels back the layers of grief to reveal, at its core, something as exquisite and achingly beautiful as the rare and storied queen’s teacup seashell. Christopher Denise illustrates mid-century Boston with affection, and a mouse and her grandfather with gentle humor and unabashed sympathy.

About Rosemary Wells

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Rosemary Wells has written or illustrated more than 120 books for children and has received numerous awards. She is the creator of the beloved Max and Ruby stories; the illustrator of My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, both edited by Iona Opie; the author of On the Blue Comet, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; and the author of Lincoln and His Boys, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.Christopher Denise has illustrated many books for young readers, including Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root, Knitty Kitty by David Elliott, If I Could by Susan Milord, and several of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island.
Published September 11, 2012 by Candlewick. 64 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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When she’s older, Grandfather encourages Jenny to be proud of her humble origins and never look at the snobbish “Lodges, Lowells, or Cabots with envy or shame.” Jenny follows Grandfather everywhere, until one day he’s gone, “never to come back,” leaving her desolate and diminished until she disco...

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In a brief, tender story with quiet charm, Wells (On the Blue Comet) celebrates the bond between a mouse and her grandfather, while exploring a child's ability to cope with loss.

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While her parents work, running the family restaurant, Jenny is shown the sights of Boston by Grandfather and learns her way around the city.

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