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A Special Gift for Grammy

Johnson, Steve (Illustrator)
Fancher, Lou (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780060531768 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This quiet story begins with a boy collecting a pile of stones. The language is elegant in its simplicity. When asked what should be done with the stones, little Hunter always replies, “What everyone does with a pile of stones.” Sure enough, as the days go by, visitors to Grammy’s porch use the stones for holding down her letters, for commemorating the graves of pets, as tools and as direction markers. “Of course,” says Grammy, every time. When Hunter returns, the pile has only a few little stones left.

Soft-edged illustrations are awash in colour and detail. Fall colours glow as Grammy puts on her new necklace of five little stones and Hunter holds the last, for a particular purpose. As Hunter skips the final stone across the reflective lake surface, children may or may not recognize the ripple effect that all Hunter’s stones have had on Grammy’s community. “‘Of course,’ Grammy said, and smiled. ‘We all know what to do with a pile of stones.’”

Readers will surely have their own ideas about what to do with the stones, and may find themselves creatively brainstorming uses for other natural objects such as twigs or leaves or pine cones.

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    Talk about a collection that you have. What other kinds of things do people collect? What do people do with their collections?

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    The book describes some uses for stones. With a partner, make a list of other things you can do with stones. Compare your list with your friends’ lists.

  •  

    In your journal, write about the special things you do with your grandma or grandpa.

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    Use a graphic organizer to sort out the different uses for stones in the book.

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    Make a list of other uses for stones (to build a house, make a fire pit, etc.).

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    Grammy makes a necklace out of the leftover stones. Research precious and semi-precious stones used for jewellery. Make information cards for these stones and sort them by colour. Look through your colouring pencils to see if you have these colours.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology
  • Show Me Rocks and Minerals (P. Wooster)