Silas's Seven Grandparents
Silas's Seven Grandparents
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Annotation: Silas is a small boy who finds a unique solution to keeping up with his seven adoring grandparents and stepgrandparents.
Catalog Number: #6110228
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Flook, Helen,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-459-81640-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-459-81640-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017932491
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
An only child, Silas has seven attentive grandparents. Most of the time, he enjoys all that love and support, but not always. For instance, receiving seven birthday presents is great, but eating slices of seven birthday cakes is just too much. When his parents decide to go away for a few days, Silas is invited to stay in all his grandparents' homes. He weighs the pleasures of each choice before finding the perfect solution. Making the most of Silas' relationships with Oma, Opa, Granny, Grandad, Gramma, Papa, and Nana, the text sets up the story and lays out Silas' dilemma in a clear fashion (although kids with the requisite four might wonder how the number got pushed up). The deftly drawn water-based ink illustrations reflect the story's upbeat tone and portray the widely diverse grandparents in ways that make them distinctive. A refreshing alternative to the many overly sentimental picture books about children and their grandparents.
Kirkus Reviews
Is there such a thing as too much grandparental love?While the text never explains how Silas, a boy with light skin and brown hair, came to have seven adoring grandparents, have them he does. Nor does the text specify race, but somewhat problematic illustrations indicate that they are a multiracial group of elders. Nana and Oma appear to be white, while Gramma appears black, Opa has light-brown skin (or maybe a tan), Papa's eyes are not dots like the others' but lines, perhaps a stereotypical indication that he is Asian, and Granny and Grandad are visually depicted as Native through what some may regard as stereotypical Western dress embellished with feathers and turquoise and positioning near totem poles. They also gift him a dream catcher and take him "to a pow wow and go fishing and canoeing" while the other grandparents offer gifts and activities absent of such broad cultural significance or stereotype. Although Silas loves them dearly, the seven grandparents' attention can be overwhelming, and when his parents go away he knows he can't take them all up on their offers to stay with them in their respective homes. The solution? They come stay with him at his house and after busy days, he tucks them in to sleep (though why the closing illustration has them sleeping on the porch is a mystery). An intergenerational story with a lot of heart and a few missteps. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 This story celebrates the power of intergenerational love, the unique bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, and the many different types of loving families that exist. Silas is an only child who is loved by seven doting grandparents. The elders are ethnically and physically diverse, plus they all have different passions. Most of the time, Silas loves all the attention he gets from his grandparentsincluding the numerous cakes he receives on his birthdays and the special outings to which he is treatedbut sometimes he feels overwhelmed by all that love. When his parents decide to go away for the weekend, Silas is faced with two dilemmas. Which set of grandparents should take care of him during his parents' absence, and how can he avoid hurting the feelings of the ones he does not choose? Luckily, Silas is wise as well as sensitive, and he decides that the best solution is to invite all the grandparents to his home! Silas's plan works perfectly, with the grandparents sharing their skills and interests with Silas and demonstrating flexibility and engagement with one another. Flook's illustrations give wonderful personalities to all of the grandparents and are filled with many interesting details that kids will enjoy spotting and commenting upon. VERDICT A lovely story for grandparents and grandchildren to share. A good choice for most shelves. Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA
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School Library Journal (10/1/17)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 906
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 137565 / grade: Lower Grades
<i>Silas' seven grandparents took him on outings over the July long weekend. Two took him camping. Two took him to the dog show. Two took him to the dinosaur museum. And one rode the roller coaster with him at the amusement park.<br>   But sometimes Silas couldn't keep up with his seven grandparents.<br>   "After all, I'm only one small boy," said Silas.</i><br><br>

Excerpted from Silas' Seven Grandparents by Anita Horrocks
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Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. But when Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. One Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at the same time! How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings?

Silas' Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents as a result of divorce and remarriage. Silas' grandparents enjoy exposing him to a variety of interests, values and cultures. But problems arise when Silas feels he can't be everywhere at once. In the end, it's Silas' sensitive, inclusive nature that brings everyone together.

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