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My eyes are greenlike the sea, like the seaAnd my hair is dark andblows free, blows free.Sing of your parents, and your grandparents too, and picture a magnificent family tree. Its roots are deep, nurtured with the lives of ancestors. Some left willingly for the new land, others did not -- and many were already here! Their blood flows in yourveins; their strength lies in yMy eyes are greenlike the sea, like the seaAnd my hair is dark andblows free, blows free.Sing of your parents, and your grandparents too, and picture a magnificent family tree. Its roots are deep, nurtured with the lives of ancestors. Some left willingly for the new land, others did not -- and many were already here! Their blood flows in yourveins; their strength lies in your heart.Inspired by American folk art, Sheila Hamanaka, author and illustrator of the best-selling All the Colors of the Earth, has created vibrant, stunningly beautiful illustrations to tell the story of our country's family tree....

Title : Grandparents Song
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ISBN : 9780688178536
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Grandparents Song Reviews

  • Heidi
    2018-12-27 17:06

    Children ages 7 and up will love this lyrical, rhythmic story, a CCBC Recommended Picture Book for School-Aged Children, of the author/illustrator's multicultural family tree. Her grandparents include a Native American, a European immigrant, a Mexican American, and an African American, and her celebratory song communicates the love and variety of culture in an American family. According to a review from Kirkus, “this is no romanticized vision of the past; it is rich and multi-layered.” Multimedia illustrations combine wood, artifacts, culturally specific motifs, and symbols that can generate discussion and research beyond the book.

  • Ch13_megan Carlisle
    2019-01-15 14:14

    Grandparents song is a beautiful story of a girls multicultural family tree. Each page of the story is like the verses of a song. The girl sings of her parents as well as her grandparents, each from different parts of the world. Her cultural makeup includes Native American, European, African American and Mexican. She describes both who they are and who she is as a result. The book ends as it begins "Yes, my eyes are green like the sea, like the sea and my hair is dark and blows free,blows free."The use of repetition and rhyme help the book to maintain the feel of a song. While I appreciated the writing, what I most enjoyed about this book were the illustrations. The illustrations are painted on each page. Each illustration is framed by a photograph of a frame. The frames are made from wood, metal and their is even one made of beadwork. Each of the frames represents the culture being described on that page. I also appreciated the detail given in the paintings. In the description of the paternal grandfather, if the reader looks closely they can see small men working on a railroad, representative of the work her grandfather did. The subtleties in the paintings helped draw me into the world of the book. The book is listed for grades K-3 but I believe it can also be used with older children. It is a great text to spur discussion about the multicultural fabric that makes up our country. It can also encourage students to look up their own family history as they "reach for the sky like a tree, like a tree".

  • Caycee Hatchette
    2018-12-25 14:15

    Personal reaction: I liked that it was one whole poem through the whole book but it wasn't my favorite.I would probably read this book to second or third graders. I think that this book would help show them how to get started on writing a poem because this was a book about the girl's life, she just made it into a poem. There was a lot of figurative language. Similes and metaphors were a key part of this because she was comparing different aspects of herself to nature. There was repetition too at the end of most of the lines, they would just repeat themselves. I like that this poem told a story too about where her grandparent's came from. The illustrations were beautiful but they were, overall, pretty dark and dim; it sort of looked like the whole poem took place at night. I think this would be a better book for read aloud, rather than individual reading because it's a little hard to follow. I would probably stop multiple times and ask someone to tell me what they they is happening or what the author is talking about.

  • Jennifer Lanman
    2019-01-21 16:30

    This book was fun to read because it had repetitive words and it rhymed. This book was about a girl who talked about how her grandparents met. It was cool because not one grandparent was alike. They all came from different areas. Her grandmothers were Naive American, and one of her grandfathers was white and the other was African American. It showed that she has many features and characteristics from each grandparent and thats what makes her special. This could be used for a project that shows that know one is the same. You can read it to the children and then they can all draw what they think they look like (face). Then they can share and show differences and similarities in everyone and then the teacher can hang them up all together. This is a good book fro ages 6-8.

  • Lisa Overberg
    2019-01-19 10:09

    Readers will enjoy the lyrical rhymes and repetitive text of this story about the cultural diversity of the narrator's family tree. The girl tells of her parents' and grandparents' heritages, and the blending of their backgrounds gives her strength and beauty. Themes of freedom and love flow through the lives of her ancestors. Ethnic artifacts border the pages and give rich detail to the text; deeper discussions about cultures and immigration could follow a reading of this book.Genre: Multicultural, picture, poetryReading level: 2.8Grade level: K-3

  • Dianne J.
    2018-12-29 14:13

    Age of readership: Ages 4 - 8Genre: Poetry Diversity: MulticulturalismIllustrations: Oil paintings surrounded with photographed frames made of sculpted wood, Celtic bas-relief and beadwork from a variety of artists.My response to the book: The illustrations are beautiful yet the text is even more so. It tells the story of a girl with grandparents each one from a different location: Mexico, Ireland, Africa and Native America, in essence what made her who she is today.Curricular/Programming connections: Use during a poetry unit featuring a variety of cultures.

  • Alyssa
    2019-01-20 16:20

    I was amazed by the way this book wove cultures together! So intriguing! I would use this book when I am teaching about the native Americans. It can also be used as a picture touching on diverse perspectives of families that are of Native American descent. This book uses great language as well so I would introduce several terms to the children prior to reading the book. This is a good book for first graders.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-20 14:28

    This book definitely has a teachable aspect and a pleasant reoccurring scaffold, but its brevity lends to surface level examination of the subject. I like the book and I would use it if I were teaching family to a primary grade reader, but it doesn't have the deeper draw that I was after when I picked it up.

  • Rebecca Hawkinson
    2019-01-03 15:29

    This book was fun to read because it was very rhythmic and I found my self reading the story to a beat, I just couldn't help it! This book would be great to teach as a multicultural lesson. The book tells about a little girl's family tree, and how within her family tree, she has heritage from Native Americans, Europeans, Mexican Americans, and African Americans.

  • Tanika
    2018-12-31 11:23

    This is a poetic story about a family tree. It has beautiful illustrations. This will show students that stories can be written in the form of a poem. It shows repetition. This book is good for 4th and 5th grade.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-26 11:20

    Book about the Native American culture. Great for literacy!

  • Shala K.
    2019-01-20 11:10

    Better for older children.

  • Susanna S571
    2018-12-23 15:20

    This would be a good way to introduce the topic of multiculturalism and intercultural backgrounds to young children.