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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,949 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lane Smith Narrator: Noah Galvin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781470340087
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From the creator of the national bestseller It’s a Book comes a timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.

Grandpa Green wasn’t always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green’s great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten.

In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it’s a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JuJu | 2/20/2014

    " Oh I do so love Lane Smith's books and his illustrations. Thinking this might be my Caldecott pick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 2/9/2014

    " This Caldecott Honor book was a great surprise! I really liked this realistic fiction book, especially the page from the Wizard of Oz which makes it even more appropriate for Kansas kids. I'm pretty sure the kids will enjoy how the topiary garden tells the great grandfather's life story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 2/7/2014

    " Wasn't excited about it at first glance, but really enjoyed it after some review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/29/2014

    " "Grandpa Green" by Lane Smith is my favorite picture book that I read this week. This book works well with beginning readers as its language is very simple, yet carries deep, profound meaning as it tells the life story of the boy's great-grandfather. Smith creates beautiful topiary statue images surrounded by simple line drawings that make the reader wish they could be in a similar garden. It shows how special the garden is to the boy and his great-grandpa, as the boy knows that it helps his great-grandpa (who is forgetful and leaves various items throughout the garden that the boy collects for him) remember "the important stuff." This book helps the reader understand the value and importance of family history and learning the stories while the old ones are still around. "Grandpa Green" deserves to be a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 1/28/2014

    " A beautiful book for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Klever | 1/22/2014

    " A sweet and sad story about a grandpa and his garden. Good story for a child trying to understand a loved ones's memory loss. Also a good picture book for grown-ups. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 12/29/2013

    " I really liked this lovely story of intergenerational love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandybear76 | 12/26/2013

    " a sad book but a joyous one too. A little boy tells the story of his great-grandpa, using plants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Keliher | 12/14/2013

    " If you can get through this book without tearing up, I'm not sure what gristly substance your heart must be made of. A truly beautiful tribute to unconditional love. I JUST TEARED UP AGAIN. Gah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miri | 11/18/2013

    " One of my new favorite kids' books. Beautiful illustrations and a really lovely story--a young boy telling about his great-grandfather's life through the grandfather's topiary garden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reba | 11/10/2013

    " This is a wonderful book that shows grandpa's life in the topiary's he creates in his garden.The illustrations are magnificent. I will admit, this book brought tears to my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/5/2013

    " This is more for adults, but Lily actually loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 10/14/2013

    " Lane Smith never disappoints! His children's picture books reach kids on one level & the adults reading to children on a whole 'nother level! His stories have humor, pathos, incite. His illustrations as spot on! This is a charming story which may bring a tear or two to an eye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Beck | 10/10/2013

    " An overview of grandpa's life, illustrated with drawings of shrub statues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey Yates | 10/9/2013

    " Very sweet. You follow the grandson through the garden that tells the story of his great grandfather's life. He also collects all the items left behind by the old gardener. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekka | 10/4/2013

    " Really cute book about a little boy telling about his great-grandpa. Kind of ambiguous - kids won't really get the ending, but grown-ups sure will. Smith's illustrations are wonderful, as always! A well-deserved honor book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/19/2013

    " This Caldecott runner-up brought tears to my eyes. I did not know what it was about and when I read it the sweet sadness of it reminded me of my own mother, a gardener extraordinaire who is struggling with dementia. Yes, the garden tells her stories for her - who she is and who she was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 9/13/2013

    " Although there is text, the pictures are the key to this tribute. Great for grandparents day and inter-generational sharing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Cannon | 9/7/2013

    " One of those picture books that you can look at for hours. It's creative, detailed, unexpected, poetic and poignant, with just the right balance between quirkiness and warmth. I'll be looking at it some more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Pasma | 7/24/2013

    " This book is adorable and tells the story of Grandpa through his horticultural creations. The pictures are fantastic and is a beautiful book. Recommend for ages 3 to 10. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Rudloff-wolk | 7/9/2013

    " Cute story, very nice pictures. : ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/6/2013

    " Loved the topiary creatures of Grandpa Green's garden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emerson | 5/10/2013

    " Grandpa Green is a young boy who loves to work in his garden. He goes off to war, falls in love, marries his sweetheart, has a family, grows old. This is a very special book told by the grandson. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 4/12/2013

    " I like this book, but not very engaging for a two year old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/26/2013

    " Yeah, not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/11/2012

    " A Caldecott Honor book. Love the sentiment. Illustrations are beautiful and will be appreciated by everyone, but I believe young children will need some story explanation. "

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About the Narrator

Noah Galvin has performed in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays, including performances in Yosemite, Treasure Island, Our Town, and Broadway Kids. Also a narrator, he has read books by Stephen Chbosky and Matthew Quick, among others.