Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
Tea With Grandpa
Author/Illustrator Barney Saltzberg
A Neal Porter Book Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Suitable for: 3-7
Theme/Topic: Grandparents, Tea, Distant Relationship
Opening Spreads: Every day at half past three . . .
Me and Grandpa. Time for tea.
Brief Synopsis: (From jacket flap) Spending time with Grandpa is always fun. When it’s time to say good-bye, we know it’s not for long because we’re never too far apart to have a cup of tea together.
Resources: Have a tea party in person or via the Internet. With parents help, connect with a grandparent or another relative via Skype or FaceTime. Find an activity you can do with a grandparent (or another relative) via the computer.
Why I Like This Book: The ending surprised and delighted me. Since we live away from family, we are always looking for ways to connect. This story in a very simple way shares the connection between a granddaughter and grandfather through that distance.
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I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day. We have a fun opportunity this weekend to see family from Idaho and Washington! They are in Colorado for a hockey tournament. So, we get to visit with them and watch a hockey game or two.
Cathy Ballou Mealey says
The cover is adorable! I’ll have to look for this one. When you say it is a PPBF, it is definitely a PPBF!
Happy Valentine’s Day Stacy!
Really it is perfect. Happy Valentine’s Cathy!
Wendy Greenley says
Tea with S’mores. 😉 Best snack ever. Thanks for the book rec!
Ah, tea with S’mores sounds like a great plan!
LoriAnn Levy-Holm says
I couldn’t agree more!
Sue Heavenrich says
What a sweet story. I definitely need to find that book now…. and share some tea long-distance with some friends who are also snowbound.
Oh. I’m so sorry about all the snow. We had a bit this week, but it was a sneeze compared to what others are getting. Stay warm Sue.
Teresa Robeson says
Oh, this would have been really good for my kids since we lived far away from family, too! Will check it out. Thanks, Stacy!
It’s interesting Teresa how fortunate we are today with options like Skype and FaceTime and even email communication. I remember when i grew up there were phone calls every several weeks and maybe letter. Today, I was able to call my parents so Enzo could ask permission to eat some chocolate. It was a little thing, but so easy with the technology we have today. Made grandparents happy. And, when Grandpa said YES, it made Enzo happy. 🙂
Mike Allegra says
Oh, this sounds adorable! (Although my son’s grandfather is more of a red wine guy.)
It is adorable. Who knows what Grandpa really had in his teacup … he was far away after all.
Patricia Tilton says
This is an intriguing “visit with grandparent book.” What a great way to talk with kids about their relationship with their grandparents. Today, people live in other cities, so many kids don’t have this close relationship. It was different when I was a child when I had three sets of grandparents living in the same town — each a very different relationship. And, I had a different relationship with each. Great choice to share.
It’s definitely a unique twist to this type of story. I was surprised and delighted during my first read through with Enzo.
Rosi Hollinbeck says
This one sounds really cute. I will check it out. Thanks for the review.
I hope you can find it Rosi. It’s a cute one.
Julie Rowan-Zoch says
I wanna read it NOW!!!
I should have called you to return the favor for a read through. The images are sweet and lovely.
Heather Dent says
The title and cover is so inviting! I know my son loves to have tea parties so we’ll definitely have to check this one out!
Heather I hope you can find it. I tried to find a title that we read recently that involved a robot tea party. I’m drawing a blank and only sorted through 10 of the 76 pages of search results at my library. 🙂
Sue Wang says
Never thought of tea with Grandpa via Skype. But makes total sense in our connected days. It’s sweet. Being a child of youngest children on both sides of my family, I never had tea with Grandpa. Definitely do it when you can <3
I had Chicken Pox when my grandparents visited from out of state. And remember spending more time with them. 🙂 Yes. Time with grandparents is priceless and best to get in all the time you can.
Oh how sweet this is. It reminds me of my time with a Step Grandfather whom I loved. I remember those sweet times. What a wonderful idea of having tea via internet with your grandparents. Perfect book Stacy. BTW loved your cute Hello video. 🙂
Glad you like the book. I hope you can find it. Thanks you about the video! I love making videos, but haven’t made time for it recently.
Kathy Halsey says
Seeing that my grands jus theft for MI and we are still in AZ, this hosts me. Gonna have to find. Plus, Roaring Brook is a fine publisher. too. TY for sharing and Happy Valentine’s Day, Stacy and family.
I hope you can have some Tea parties with the grands. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Kathy!
Joanne Roberts says
I think we’ll love this book too. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Hope you enjoy it Joanne.
This looks like my cup of tea!! My Mom Person SKYPES with our little princesses and they read bedtime stories to each other. Isn’t technology a wondrous thing?! I’ll be checking this book out for sure! Thanks Ms Jensen!!!
That’s great that Mom Person shares bedtime stories via Skype. Technology is a wondrous thing! 🙂
Penny Parker Klostermann says
This sounds wonderful!!! I scored it at my library and will pick it up this week. Thanks for the review 🙂
Glad you found it. I love, loved this one.