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Aug 20 2018

Hide and seek with grandpa by Ed Allen

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Ill. by Nicky Johnston. Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781742765426
(Ages: 3+) Recommended. Themes: Grandparents, Family, Play, Lions. Younger readers will immensely enjoy spying out the little lion as it hides form Grandpa during their outing in the park. The two go for a picnic, Grandpa holding the littlest bear in his arms, while the older bear goes off to hide. Instructions are given to Grandpa to look up high, or down low, as the little bear hides in all sorts of places giving the reader a great deal of fun in finding its hiding place.
In the meantime, all sorts of activities are taking place in the park: some are practising their Tai Chi, others are playing on the equipment, some are eating (particularly the mouse and the line of ants), some are taking a photo, some flying a kite and some are in a parade, while they all seem to gravitate to the ice cream van to buy an ice cream.
This is a loving picture of children at play with their grandpa, covering a range of things children can do when out of doors, encouraging the readers to also participate in these activities, and also to look more closely at the charming illustrations to find what it there, and laugh out loud as the tables are turned on the last page.
Fran Knight

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