Granny and Bean (Hardcover)
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Their laughter rose; full of joy, it spilled
’cross sand, through mist,
as the curlews trilled.
Gray skies, foamy waves, and brisk wind await Granny and Bean when they head out for their day by the sea. But they are full of only wonder and delight at all the shore has to offer. They listen for the shrieks of the seabirds as they discover treasures hidden in the sand, greet dogs as they pass, leap over logs, and settle out of the wind for a cozy treat before tramping homeward again. Rendered in simple, lilting text by Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and expressive, windswept art from acclaimed illustrator Charlotte Voake, Granny and Bean have an adventure to cherish until their next magical day at the shore.
Charlotte Voake is a Welsh-born author and illustrator of many books for children, including Ginger, a Nestlé Smarties Children’s Book Prize winner and American Library Association Notable Children’s Book; Ginger Finds a Home; Pizza Kittens, a Nestlé Smarties Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal winner; and Hello Twins, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. Charlotte Voake lives in England with her family.
In this soothing wind-down story, Newbery Medalist Hesse’s lines lull with rhyme and repetition. . . . understands the importance of taking time in the natural world.
This plainspoken text provides a foundation for Voake’s atmospheric mixed-media illustrations in which the interplay of gray and white in sky, sea, shadow, and rain is celebrated. Against this dynamic, impressionistic background, Granny and Bean, in glowing primary block colors, are sturdy and joyful. . . the relationship between a small child and an adult who has the time and patience to wander, who doesn’t mind wet feet, and who provides a sustaining snack at just the right moment feels universal.
—The Horn Book
The setting may be overcast, but Hesse’s jaunty rhyming couplets provide plenty of cheer. . . the full-bleed spreads transport the reader into the moody scenery, with an effective palette shift in the final endpapers as a break in the clouds welcomes a visually cathartic finale to a day of docile drama. . . an aesthetically dazzling, tenderhearted celebration as part of a Grandparents’ Day storytime.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books