By: Phoebe Gilman, 宋珮(translator)
Originally Published in: Isreal
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 40
Lines per page: 1-3
Audio book: read by Luka
Something from Nothing (Granddad Must Have a Way) 爷爷一定有办法 (yé yé yī dìng yǒu bàn fǎ)
Written and illustrated by award-winning artist Phoebe Gilman, this story is an adaptation of a Jewish folktale that celebrates resourcefulness and a grandfather’s love.
As Joseph’s baby blanket becomes too old and tattered to use, his mother tells him it is time to throw it out. Joseph says Grandpa can fix it. Sure enough, grandpa clips & snips and sews it into a beautiful coat. But as Joseph gets older, so does the coat until one day his mom says its too small and it’s time to throw it out. Joseph again says grandpa can fix it. So, grandpa clips and snips and turns it into a vest which Joseph wears to school the next day. But as Joseph gets older, so does the vest. One day, his mom says it’s time to throw it out. Joseph says grandpa can fix it. So, grandpa makes him a tie. As Joseph gets older so does the tie until one day Joseph’s mom says that his tie has a soup stain that is making it “droop”, he must throw it out, but Joseph takes the tie to grandpa and grandpa makes a handkerchief, & when that is too old, a button. One day, Joseph loses the button. Even grandpa can’t make something from nothing, so Joseph makes it into a story!
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Ages 3+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": The limited text per page and the prevalence of common language from daily life make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced readers, ages 5+.
Option to pair with Luka:
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