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A Trip with Grandma

illustrated by Ruth Ohi

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multigenerational, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
list price: $19.95
also available: Paperback
published: 2007
publisher: Annick Press
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A Trip with Grandma (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book)

Sprout loves his grandmother, but he’s never slept away from Mom and Dad. Good thing Grandma knows how to make their overnight outing first-rate fun. This tale features charming watercolour artwork.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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An overnight outing is first-rate fun with this grandparent

Sprout loves his grandma. He also likes trucks, trains and seeing new places. But when Grandma invites him and big sister Clara on a car trip, Sprout is nervous. After all, he's never slept away from Mom and Dad before.

Soon they're on the road passing big rigs, at a restaurant with dancing chickens, and checking into a real hotel. Every step of the way Grandma suggests they call home to report their adventures. That night, Grandma snores bring back Sprout's doubts about traveling, until he musters his courage and finds a solution. Grandma agrees that joining her in bed is a great idea -- he'll be her personal early-warning snore reporter.

By morning the trio are refreshed and ready to visit the tallest-ever trees in the world. With so much to see, and such a cool chaperone, this trip with Grandma doesn't make Sprout so nervous after all.

It's fast-moving fun in this insightful story of first fears and reassuring families.


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Contributor notes

Ruth Ohi is the illustrator of more than 40 books and the author of six. Her cast of guinea pig characters delights families all over North America. She lives in Toronto.


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Editorial Reviews

This tale features charming watercolour artwork.

— Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008

Human in all but their physical attributes, the characters are depictedin the cheerful line-and-watercolor art as dressed gerbils. Ohi's expressive drawings make Sprout's emotions as easily understandable as the straightforward plot. The target audience will find plenty to like and to identify with here.

— Booklist
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About the Author

Ruth Ohi

RUTH OHI has illustrated more than sixty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.RuthOhi.com.
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