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Silas' Seven Grandparents
By author: Anita Horrocks   Illustrated by: Helen Flook
Selling Points: Cultural diversity, blended families, problem solving
ISBN: 9781551435619
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2010
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $19.95
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Silas' seven grandparents took him on outings over the July long weekend. Two took him camping. Two took him to the dog show. Two took him to the dinosaur museum. And one rode the roller coaster with him at the amusement park.
   But sometimes Silas couldn't keep up with his seven grandparents.
   "After all, I'm only one small boy," said Silas.


Silas is a small boy who finds a unique solution to keeping up with his seven adoring grandparents. Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. When Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. However, one Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at once. How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings? But Silas comes up with an especially good idea that makes everyone feel included and happy.

Silas' Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and step-grandparents as a result of divorce and remarriage. Silas' grandparents enjoy exposing him to a variety of interests, values and cultures. But problems arise when Silas feels he can't be everywhere at once. In the end, it's Silas' sensitive, inclusive nature which brings everyone together.

BookLinx - January 30, 2012
"Really entertaining...It also teaches children about decision making and family life."
Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative - March 7, 2011
"An unusual grandparent story told with humor—not at all sentimental and introducing the variations on family configurations. Recommended."
Lethbridge Living Magazine - November 1, 2010
"[A] great picture book, not only because it is a fun story to read, but because it teaches kids about a different set of family dynamics…The end of this book is super cute, and it's guaranteed to touch the hearts of all readers, big and small."
Library Media Connection - November 1, 2010
"This cute story will cause students to wonder how one boy can have seven grandparents, but this situation can also be turned into a teachable moment...Anita Horrocks writes of a very loving family situation. Helen Flook's illustrations are bright and colorful, warmly complementing this family story...Recommended."
Puget Sound Council - October 1, 2010
"The grandparents themselves are portrayed with joy and great variety, not only in stature and demeanor but ethnicity as well. This is simply a delightful celebration of family."
School Library Journal - September 1, 2010
"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."
The Horn Book Guide - September 1, 2010
"Silas's conflict is wholly relatable, and readers will enjoy, vicariously, all the doting, shown in carefree acrylic-ink illustrations."
Booklist - May 15, 2010
"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."
CM Magazine - April 9, 2010
"Fills a much-needed niche in that it addresses the fact that all families look different. It is also a celebration of these differences. Recommended."

Awards

OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2011
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2011

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