Anna, Grandpa and the Big Storm

Anna, Grandpa and the Big Storm

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Anna's grandfather is bored with city life until he and Anna are stranded on the Third Avenue El during the blizzard of 1888.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 12.7mm | 68.04g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0140317058
  • 9780140317053

Review Text

The big storm is the Blizzard of '88 - but this flavorful, warming little story registers without reference to a historical episode (which, in any case, comes only in a closing note). Anna's grandpa, visiting New York from the country, is restless and cranky until the snowy morning he sets out to take her to school so she won't miss a spelling bee. Then, the worse the storm gets, the cheerier he becomes - and the more his outspokenness works to the good. The two take the El, and to Anna's embarrassment, Grandpa starts talking to the other passengers. He's practically ecstatic, and extra-convivial, when the El gets stuck. But even fearful Anna catches the friendly, informal spirit and, so they won't "freeze to death," leads the others in a game of Simon Says - as pictured by Margot Tomes (the El car high above the snowy rooftops, the silhouetted grown-ups patting their heads and rubbing their stomachs), a scene to make all ages smile. Then it's time to go down the fireman's ladder; to ride the fire truck slowly through the deep snow; and, holding hands with two of their new friends, to tramp the rest of the way home - where Grandpa, contentedly playing checkers with "champ" Mrs. Sweeney, decides maybe he'll stick around a while. From the domestic cross-currents in Anna's kitchen, to the headiness (and scariness) of being up in the stranded El, to the blustery struggle homeward - a small book with a lot of range. (Kirkus Reviews)show more
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