When Grandfather Flew


Product Details

Neal Porter Books
Publish Date
7.7 X 11.1 X 0.3 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many novels for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall; Baby; Waiting for the Magic, and The Truth of Me. Among her picture books are The Iridescence of Birds, Someone Like Me, and What You Know First. She lives in Western Massachusetts. Chris Sheban won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for his illustrations in The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly by Luis Sepulveda. He previously collaborated with Patricia MacLachlan on Someone Like Me. He also illustrated What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner, Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman, and Three Squeezes by Jason Pratt. He lives in Northbrook, Illinois.


★ MacLachlan (Wondrous Rex) creates deeply sympathetic characters in a few sentences, and invites readers to share in the lives of a family nurtured by the natural world--and comforted by it in their grief.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ This poignant, tender tale, economically told, brims with love and kindness, not to mention respect--for elders and for nature--and is sure to evoke empathy among readers and listeners. Kids who've lost close family members may feel reassured that memories of their loved ones will persist in a sweet manner. The gentle, textured illustrations, created with watercolors, pastels, and pencil, are lovely, depicting the various birds named herein with colorful majesty. . . . Warm, calming, affectionate, quietly soaring. --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Sheban's impressionistic watercolor and pastel illustrations ably capture MacLachlan's contemplative mood; rendering characters and their environment in the same textures underscores the family's shared identification as part of rather than apart from nature . . . --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

When Grandfather Flew is a moving and intimate book with an underlying sense of gravity. For anyone who's ever looked to the sky as they remembered someone they loved, it will be a story that resonates.--BookPage