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Grandpa's Clock
By author: Rachna Gilmore   Illustrated by: Amy Meissner
Selling Points: "Clock-making, aging, illness"
ISBN: 9781551433332
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $21.95
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Grandpa’s saw sings me awake. I tumble out of bed and hurry downstairs, rubbing sleep from my eyes.

Grandpa’s white hair glistens as he bends over the table-saw, feeding in an oakboard. He turns the saw off and pushes the safety goggles onto his forehead.

“You started without me,” I wail.

“Calm your nerves, Cayley,” Grandpa chuckles. “Your clock won’t be done in a day.”

I grin. Mine. This one’s all mine. When Grandpa finished the grandfather clock for Josie’s wedding, he said it was my turn.


"Slow and steady," that's how you make a grandfather clock.
   Grandpa should know. He and Cayley have made nineteen clocks together. Now they are making Cayley's very own, a Lord Nelson. Then, one night, Cayley awakes to the sound of a siren. Grandpa is gone. Cayley is scared by what she sees when she is allowed to visit him in the hospital. But scared or not, she knows what Grandpa needs, and she tells him, "Slow and steady" as he heals. The Lord Nelson clock waits, patiently, to be finished.

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School Library Journal - November 28, 2006
"gives hope and illuminates the value of intergenerational relationships…[a] well-crafted story [that] would strengthen any collection."
The United Church Observer - July 1, 2006
"Warm, detailed art and text."
by: Helen Norrie, CM Magazine - March 3, 2006
4**** out of 4
"Warm and endearing. Highly recommended."
Quill & Quire - February 1, 2006
"The ticking of a clock, the ticking of a heart. Rachna Gilmore's new story is a richly textured tale of family relationships."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007



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