A Secret Keeps

A Secret Keeps
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April 01, 2012
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Before a weekend visit to his grandparents' farm, a little boy discovers that his grandpa has a secret waiting for him. ''Grampa, what's the secret,'' he asks, but all Grampa will say is, ''Finders keepers.''

Is the secret in the barn? With the chickens? Hiding in the corn? When the boy finally discovers the answer, he realizes that a secret is indeed for keeping.

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Escape to the Country
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Marsha Wilson Chall’s sweet new picture book, A SECRET KEEPS, follows a young boy as he visits his grandparents’ country home, imagining the secret that his grandfather promised him. Written in verse, Chall uses alliteration and gorgeous descriptive language to create a read aloud that will be requested again and again. My favorite line is, “Jillions of peeper frogs leap and peep out behind the barn. Grampa stokes a fire. Flames flick against the sky.” I also loved that the family counted down to big events in terms of sleeps: “I’ll be there in two sleeps where a secret keeps.”

Heather Solomon’s dreamy watercolors add to the atmosphere of the book and her detailed illustrations of the farm animals merit examination. I recommend this book to all families who escape to the country—and those who wish they could.
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Beautiful illustrations
The descriptive language begs to be read aloud
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