Grandma's Gloves by Cecil Castellucci

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A child who loses a beloved grandparent finds comfort in carrying on the activities they shared in this sweet, genuine look at a universal rite of passage.

Grandma is always on her knees in the dirt, with her gardening gloves on, talking to her roses and laughing with the birds-of-paradise. Her home brims with plants and blossoms, and on hot days, she waters her granddaughter, her “most special flower of all,” with the garden hose. But a day comes when Grandma is no longer there to care for the little girl, who feels sad and small and alone until she remembers all that her grandmother taught her — and all that she now has to teach. Full of light and life and the solace of green growing things, this moving and beautifully illustrated picture book explores a timeless bond with warmth and joy.

About Cecil Castellucci

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Cecil Castellucci is the author of many acclaimed books for older readers, including Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, and Beige. This is her first picture book. She lives in Los Angeles.Julia Denos earned a BFA in illustration from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She lives outside of Boston.
Published August 10, 2010 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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This girl’s grandma smells wonderful, cooks amazing doughnuts and knows how to make plants and flowers grow.

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The narrator’s beloved grandmother is a gardener extraordinaire, a woman who is always “on her knees in the dirt, with her gloves on, talking to her roses, scolding the succulents, and laughing with the birds-of-paradise.” When Grandma falls ill and dies suddenly, the girl is bereft—until...

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