Monday, July 16, 2012

THE GRANNYMAN by Judith Schachner

Lexile:     AD610
Pages:     32
Ages:      4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 34576 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 4.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

I am a cat lover. A really BIG cat lover! Given the time and money, I could be the "Crazy Cat Lady!" : ) But, even if I wasn't cat-crazy, The Grannyman would still fall into my Top Five Favorite Children's Books of All Time!

Simon is an old Siamese cat. An OLD cat! He has lived with his loving family for a long time, and they have pampered and loved him and he has loved them right back. But Simon is tired. Things just don't work like they used to. He goes through his memories, one by one - he remembers being a kitten, the runt of the litter with the runny nose and crooked tail, that no one wanted. He remembers how happy he was when a nice couple thought he was just perfect and took him into their loving home, loving him even through all the trials and tribulations of cathood - clawing the furniture, climbing the drapes, and eating the houseplants. He has had the perfect nine lives. But now he is old, mostly blind, toothless; he sees no reason to go on, until . . . .

What's that smell? Hey, it's a kitten! WELL! Simon decides that maybe he isn't quite done yet. I mean, if he gives up now who will teach this kitten to be a proper CAT?  Simon teaches the kitten about life - from the milk saucer to the litterbox. His loving care of the kitten earns him a new name: The Grannyman.

You can teach your children so much from this book! It starts with the lesson that you don't have to be perfect - even if your tail is crooked there is someone out there that will love you. Then there's the lesson that everyone needs a purpose in life, to feel needed and useful. And last but not least - that old age should be respected and revered - your elders have much they can teach you.

Anyone who has ever owned and loved a cat will surely be delighted with The Grannyman.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

The Grannyman can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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