Grandaddy and Janetta by Helen V. Griffith
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Janetta hasn't been to Grandaddy's place in a whole year. She has grown and changed, and she's worried that Grandaddy's place will have changed, too. But Grandaddy's place is just the same--but where is the cat? When Janetta finds her, she realizes she is delighted with the very special change at Grandaddy's place. Full color.
 

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Helen V. Griffith lives in Wilmington, Delaware. In Her Own Words... "What I like about writing books is that I can sit and think about things that most adults never think about, and it's okay because I'm a children's book writer." "I can imagine what my dog is dreaming about or what she and my cat discuss when I'm not around. I can design a time machine or make up a tall tale, and nobody says, "Grow up, Helen"--because I'm a children's book writer. "I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and I work in the family business. We're distributors of roofing and siding materials, and I've never yet gotten a story inspiration from that. Most of my ideas seem to come from dogs I have known. "My grandfather was part of our family and used to read to me a lot-the Sunday funny papers, turn-of-the-century primers, and "The Arabian Nights." When I could read for myself, I read fairy tales, dog and horse stories, and comic books by the dozen. "I started writing poems and the beginnings of novels by the age of seven or eight, but I was forty before I thought about writing for publication. "For fun, I like reading (especially Anthony Trollope) and birdwatching, and I've just started learning to play old-time fiddle! James Stevenson is the creator of many acclaimed books for children and is a cartoonist for "The New Yorker," He lives in Cos Cob, Connecticut.
 
Published May 27, 1993 by Greenwillow Books. 1 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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On her second visit, it encourages her in flights of tall-tale imagination, approves her creative abilities (she dances to his mouth-organ music “better than the bugs”), plus he finds the perfect answer to what to name the totally unexpected kittens by sending her favorite home with her.

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In a six-chapter companion to Georgia Music (1986) and Grandaddy's Place (1987), Janetta returns to her grandfather's Georgia cabin after a year back in Baltimore.

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``Griffith tells a bracing story of a young city girl's rediscovery of the past and its importance to her,'' said PW .

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The endearing duo featured in Georgia Music, Grandaddy's Place and Grandaddy and Janetta makes a welcome return in this tale, which brings Grandaddy from his Georgia farm to visit Janetta and her mother in Baltimore.

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PW's starred review praised this follow-up to Georgia Music and Grandaddy's Place as ""thoroughly endearing."" Ages 5-up.

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Griffith follows up Georgia Music and Grandaddy's Place with this equally affecting account of Janetta's first visit to her grandfather's farm in a whole year.

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