Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780618336036, 32pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2006
Granny’s heart is set to see her new grandbaby, but how can she ford a fast river, climb a steep mountain, and cross a wide desert?
With a dose of determination, a well-stocked banjo case, and the charm of a simple bluegrass songthat’s how!
Part tall tale, part lullaby, this rhythmic story, illustrated with warm pastoral paintings, celebrates the meeting of grandmothers and grandbabies everywhere.
It is easy to see the influence of Mary Poppins in Root's earth-toned illustrations, which perfectly capture the feisty bluegrass grandma and her rustic woodsy cabin. Includes music, chords, and lyrics to "Owen's Song" and a short note on the beginnings of bluegrass...Kids...will find her modes of transportation delightful and inspirational.
Part lullaby and part tall tale, this warm picture book is both cozy and exciting...The bright, sunny art connects the quiet inside scenes with the wild outdoor ones, and the rhythmic text is exactly right for the lapsit crowd, who will chant and act out the story again and again.
With its heartwarming message and visuals, this is a celebration of the bond between grandparent and child.
Publishers Weekly, Starred