Granny and Bean

Granny and Bean
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Release Date
September 27, 2022
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From a stellar creative team, the lyrical story of a grandmother and grandchild as they share an intimate adventure by the windy sea—and make a stop for teatime.

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.

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Adventures of Granny and her Grandson
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One day, Granny and Bean take a trip to the beach and won't let anything stop them from having fun. Not even gray clouds or strong winds. Their laughter rings through the air as they walk down the sandy shore. Birds fly overhead and the waves splash water onto their feet, but still they keep on trekking despite the impending rain. They don't leave until the day's end and they've sorted all their shells and a stone.

In GRANNY AND BEAN, the author weaves a poetic tale about the adventures of a Granny and her grandson at the beach. The gray color scheme causes the illustrations to be easy on the eyes which would make it a decent bedtime story. I love how the two have a visible bond and enjoy each other's company. While there isn't a rhyming scheme, the words flow in such a lyrical way that it makes it feel like they do. The text is simple enough for children to follow and relax their minds.

Final Verdict: GRANNY AND BEAN is an endearing tale that grandparents will enjoy sharing with their grandchildren. It's versatile and can either be a bedtime story or a beach time story. I would recommend this to children with an adventure side to them and especially those who loves sandy days that don't necessarily have to be sunny.
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