Tuesday, April 19, 2022

"I've Never Met My Grandpa" - a bookwrap



I've Never Met My Grandpa 

By Shannon Zigmund

Illustrated by Mackinzie Rekers


* Reading Age:  3-7 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Kind World Publishing

* Pub. Date:  August 30, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1638940142

* ISBN-13:  978-1638940142

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews 

This story was both entertaining and educational, which can be a tricky balance to maintain in a children’s book, and I will be suggesting it to teachers whenever possible. Incorporating difficult to navigate topics such as this into children's picture books is a tried and true way to teach an important life skill in a way that is fun. This would be an amazing addition for classroom libraries, counseling offices and more.

-- Daniele K., Educator ― NetGalley

The Back Cover

How can you know someone you’ve never met?

A curious little girl has big questions about her grandfather, who died before she was born. Her family tells her all about him: he was kind and brave, and he liked jokes and parties and tennis. As she pieces together the stories, she realizes that she does know her grandpa after all.

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This is a story about a child's search for meaning and relational connection that is connected to the death and loss of her beloved Grandpa whom she has never had the opportunity to meet.

She is very curious to know all about him.  Unfortunately he passed away before she was born.  She determines in her heart to gather all the information she can about him through memories, memorabilia,  stories, and family traditions.  She then lovingly pieces together the amazing man she so longs to know.

Her journey leads her to conclude that maybe she doesn't have to meet her Grandpa face-to-face after all.  Her labour of love of wanting to unveil his character and how much he is revered by her family assures her that her Grandpa will always be in her heart as he is in the hearts of the other family members that knew and interacted with him.

Debut author Shannon Zigmund bases this story on her own loss and parenting experience. Young readers are introduced to the feelings of love and grief, two subjects that will surely spark conversations and questions around both themes.  

This book is a wonderful resource to help children process emotions after losing a loved one even if they have never met that loved one.  The illustrations enrich the text and I highly recommend this book. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Shannon Zigmund has worked behind the scenes of book creation for 15 years. After being inspired by her two children, she finally decided to write a picture book of her own. I’ve Never Met My Grandpa is near and dear to her heart as neither of her children had the chance to meet their grandfathers. Shannon grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin but now resides in the Twin Cities with her family.

About the Illustrator

Mackinzie is an illustrator living in Iowa with her husband Corey, three rambunctious kiddos and one bonkers puppy. When she’s not drawing she can be found reading, traveling, or reading about traveling. You can visit her at www.mackinzierekers.com

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