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Grandad's Island: Benji Davies

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A very thought-provoking book which could be used to expand KS2 students thinking regarding the realism of the story and coping with grief. He’s in the attic, where he ushers Syd through a door, and the two of them journey to a wild, beautiful island awash in color where Grandad decides he will remain. He's in the attic, where he ushers Syd through a door, and the two of them journey to a wild, beautiful island awash in color where Grandad decides he will remain. A touching and comforting book that could be used to deal with the loss of a grandparent, as well as a good every day read.

Benji Daviesin "Vaarin saari" (Karisto, 2016) on kaunis kuvakirja, jossa käsitellään vertauskuvallisesti isoisän kuolemaa, ilman minkäänlaista uskonnollista leimaa tai painolastia. Grandad takes Syd exploring a far away island in his attic, where he decides to stay and enjoy himself. I think this shows that it could simply be taken as an interesting story for younger readers but also it has layers! Grandad's Island is a beautiful story about a young boy who is trying to understand why his Grandad father won't be in his life anymore.

Cheerful, brightly colored illustrations make this a fine choice to use with the youngest of audiences. The New York Times Book Review 'The creator of The Storm Whale (2014) offers another thoughtful picture book guaranteed to spark discussion. My interpretation of the island was that it was a metaphor for 'heaven' and it's all about the boy having to let go of his grandfather but knowing he'll always be loved and thought of. Benji Davies is the illustrator of the Bizzy Bear books, Bizzy Bear: Let’s Go and Play and Bizzy Bear: Fun on the Farm. Booklist Online 'As with The Storm Whale, Davies offers a story of loneliness and togetherness distinguished by understated, deeply felt emotions and a nautical milieu.

Proficient readers bring a lot of assumptions to text, that young children need to be taught explicitly or else learn implicitly though wide reading and life experience. Sem nunca os desligar totalmente da realidade da partida da pessoa de quem gostam, explicar que estão num lugar melhor, mesmo que seja uma ilha imaginária, pode tornar todo o processo um pouco mais fácil nas suas cabeças ainda tão jovens. I think the layers to the book allow it to be used from year 1 up to year 6 as either a whole class read or 1:1 exploration of the theme of loss. While I respect that, and am glad for those who find solace in Benji Davies' story, I have to confess that something about the formulation here just didn't work for me.

Praise for Grandad's Island: 'Davies's elegantly rough illustrations, evoking a child's paintings, tap into the imagination of death with little fuss, and his story declines to offer kids instruction on how to feel. It does so in a way that I feel like a kid who hadn't lost anyone wouldn't pick up on it (There's no funeral or tears or sickness) but that a kid who had experience a loss might find resonance in the story. I would love to explore this message with children and see what they think the letter at the end might say. After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent.

He is still working out which he likes best, and currently divides his time between illustrating children’s books and directing animation. From a young age he was often to be found painting at the kitchen table, a scene which can still be seen to this day.There is some real sweetness here too, like the ending where a photo gets delivered of the grandfather living it up on the island - gets across that message that even though someone is gone they might be ok. Registered office address: Unit 34 Vulcan House Business Centre, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EF.

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