Reviews for Silas's seven grandparents

School Library Journal
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PreS-Gr 2-This story celebrates the power of intergenerational love, the unique bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, and the many different types of loving families that exist. Silas is an only child who is loved by seven doting grandparents. The elders are ethnically and physically diverse, plus they all have different passions. Most of the time, Silas loves all the attention he gets from his grandparents-including the numerous cakes he receives on his birthdays and the special outings to which he is treated-but sometimes he feels overwhelmed by all that love. When his parents decide to go away for the weekend, Silas is faced with two dilemmas. Which set of grandparents should take care of him during his parents' absence, and how can he avoid hurting the feelings of the ones he does not choose? Luckily, Silas is wise as well as sensitive, and he decides that the best solution is to invite all the grandparents to his home! Silas's plan works perfectly, with the grandparents sharing their skills and interests with Silas and demonstrating flexibility and engagement with one another. Flook's illustrations give wonderful personalities to all of the grandparents and are filled with many interesting details that kids will enjoy spotting and commenting upon. VERDICT A lovely story for grandparents and grandchildren to share. A good choice for most shelves.-Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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K-Gr 2-Silas has seven grandparents and stepgrandparents, all of whom take an active interest in his life. In addition to Nana, he has Gramma and Papa, Oma and Opa, and Granny and Granddad. They go to all of his hockey games and sometimes create quite a crowd. They bake him seven cakes for his birthday, but Silas "has only one stomach," so it's hard to decide which to eat. They invite him to visit and join with them in their favorite activities, be it going to museums, golfing, powwows, or star-gazing. But, when Mom and Dad go on a business trip, how will Silas decide which grandparents to stay with? Suddenly he has a creative solution to solve the problem. Done in acrylic ink, the lively cartoon art is bright and unassuming. The cast of characters is subtly multicultural but their ethnic diversity is presented in a matter-of-fact way. This is a positive story about love and family to share one-on-one with grandparents, no matter how many there are.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Book list
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An only child, Silas has seven attentive grandparents. Most of the time, he enjoys all that love and support, but not always. For instance, receiving seven birthday presents is great, but eating slices of seven birthday cakes is just too much. When his parents decide to go away for a few days, Silas is invited to stay in all his grandparents' homes. He weighs the pleasures of each choice before finding the perfect solution. Making the most of Silas' relationships with Oma, Opa, Granny, Grandad, Gramma, Papa, and Nana, the text sets up the story and lays out Silas' dilemma in a clear fashion (although kids with the requisite four might wonder how the number got pushed up). The deftly drawn water-based ink illustrations reflect the story's upbeat tone and portray the widely diverse grandparents in ways that make them distinctive. A refreshing alternative to the many overly sentimental picture books about children and their grandparents.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


Horn Book
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Silas has seven racially diverse grandparents (including step-grandparents). This means lots of love, but also the occasional overwhelmed feeling, especially when it's time to choose whom to stay with when his parents are away. Silas's conflict is wholly relatable, and readers will enjoy, vicariously, all the doting, shown in carefree acrylic-ink illustrations. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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