El jardín del abuelo (Álbumes)
Grandpa is in his garden. No, he wasn’t always a gardener. He was also a boy who grew up on a farm, had chicken pox, had his first kiss, became a soldier, and above all, was an artist. But now he doesn’t remember much. That’s why he spends his time in his garden, pruning the hedges and shrubs. As a result, his great-grandson can relive his past by studying the whimsical shapes of the trees. Visiting grandpa’s garden means inhabiting places he never thought possible. This book, both enigmatic and beautiful, explores forms of communication that supercede aging and forgetting.
Praise For El jardín del abuelo (Álbumes)…
"In this affecting picture book, a boy recounts the life of his beloved great-grandfather . . . The author's illustrations, a blend of line drawings and sponge painting, have a classic feel, and make clever use of the topiary theme, rewarding close examination and repeated reading." —The New Yorker, on the English language edition
"Great-grandpa's memory may be going, but the past remains vibrantly alive in the playful topiaries that decorate his brilliantly green yard. Lush and magical." —People, on the English language edition
"An unassuming little masterpiece . . . the book's power lies in its rich, allusive artistry." —New York Times Book Review, on the English language edition
"It's a rare glimpse into Smith's softer side—as skillful as his more sly offerings, but crafted with honesty and heart." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review, on the English language edition
"Visually intriguing and emotionally resonant, this is a book to pore over and talk about. With each subsequent reading, it offers new layers of meaning and visual connections." —School Library Journal Starred Review, on the English language edition
"Opening this book is like opening a gate to a secret garden, filled with the treasures of a life well lived. In his portrait of a boy who adores and honors his forgetful great-grandfather, Smith shows us that the things that are meaningful to the ones we love become part of our garden, too."—Shelf Awareness, on the English language edition
"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young." —Kirkus Reviews, on the English language edition
"Sketched with a finely lined fairy-tale wispiness and dominated by verdant green, the illustrations are not just creative but poignant." —Booklist, on the English language edition
Oceano Travesia, 9786074006506, 36pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2012