I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
A retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello has crafted
Grandma/Grandpa’s entertaining stories with repetitive phrases, colorful
pictures, and reading/language strategies to engage kids in active reading…
By Cheryl Carpinello
Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 1, Wild Creatures In My Neighborhood and What if I Went to the Circus, explores the wildlife around neighborhoods and introduces decision-making. Book 2, Singers of Songs and The Not Too Stubborn Humpback, explores a common, but not so common insect, and lets readers see that being stubborn isn’t always good. Book 3, Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale, introduces readers to an extended metaphor and lets them decide if the fish story is real.
What kind of tales would a Grandma tell her little grandchildren? She would love to read these books to her grandchild (ages 4-8) anytime of the day or at bedtime. I read Grandma’s Tales 1 and was delighted with the charming and classic style of children’s books. Book 1 contains Wild Creatures in MyNeighborhood and What If I Went to the Circus.
Children’s imaginations always run wild and they will love thinking about having wild creatures in their neighborhood. Whether it’s a red fox, wild duck, or even a bear, wild animals can sometimes be seen in an everyday neighborhood. We may think that they don’t belong, but wild animals are everywhere.
In the book, What If I Went to the Circus, the child wonders what it would be like if he could go to the circus and bring one of the animals home. With each animal listed the child has to think about the results of their choice.
I would definitely want to read these books to my grandchildren. I think that they would enjoy having this book read to them over and over.
Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7. Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series.