A Stopwatch From Grampa

byLoretta GarbuttIllustratorCarmen Mok

April 7, 2020|
A Stopwatch From Grampa by Loretta Garbutt
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"When summer started, I got Grampa''s stopwatch," a small child says. "I don''t want his stopwatch. I want him." Grampa used to time everything. A race to the end of the street and back: 24 seconds. Eating bubblegum ice cream: 1 minute, 58 seconds. But now, Grampa''s gone. "There are no more Grampa minutes, Grampa seconds," the child says. "Time just stops." As the seasons come and go, the stopwatch becomes a cherished symbol of remembrance, and the child uses it to carry on Grampa''s favorite pastimes and traditions.

Loretta Garbutt uses subtlety and sensitivity to explore the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) in this moving picture book story of loss. It features a gender-neutral main character (no first name or pronouns are given) making the story universally relatable. This is a perfect choice for fostering discussions with children about their emotions, particularly the feeling of loss. It also offers a poignant representation of an intergenerational relationship between a grandfather and grandchild. Carmen Mok''s expressive and thoughtful illustrations employ a limited color palette to convey the character''s emotional trajectory. There are curriculum applications here in social-emotional development as well as character education lessons in caring and resilience.

Loretta Garbutt is a children''s bookseller and voice actor based in Toronto, Ontario. She has played the voice of Valerie on the beloved children''s television series Max and Ruby and the voice of Franklin the Turtle. A Stopwatch from Grampa is her debut picture book.Carmen Mok is a studio art graduate of the University of Waterloo an...
Title:A Stopwatch From GrampaFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 10.3 X 9.45 X 0.45 inShipping dimensions:32 pages, 10.3 X 9.45 X 0.45 inPublished:April 7, 2020Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1525301446

ISBN - 13:9781525301445

Appropriate for ages: 4

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