In a conversation with his toddler granddaughter Lucy, Grandfather explains the origin of
each of the "crinkles" on his "crunchy" face: "Every time I smiled an extra big smile, I got a
wrinkle to show for it."
Grandfather's memories of these happy events -- his wedding day, when his daughter (Lucy's
mother) was born, his daughter's wedding day, and more -- are shown in full-spread
illustrations, alternating with close-ups of Lucy on Grandfather's lap. Her pudgy fingers softly
tracing each crease intriguingly contrast with the lined old skin on his face. Grandfather's
newest wrinkles, of course, were acquired when he smiled so hugely on the day that Lucy
After hearing this sweet, simple story, children will be delighted to use Lucy's method to learn
more about their own grandparents' memories, and adults will view their wrinkles in a fresh
Hardcover, 32 full color pages, ages 3-7
Fall 2007, ISBN 9780972922593
Praise for Grandfather's Wrinkles
* Selected as an Accelerated Reader book
"...rich, realistic illustrations convey the loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild. The wordless spreads flashing back to
Granddad's special memories are particularly moving, skillfully depicting the passing of time and showing how he has aged since his wedding.
Children will enjoy sharing this lovely picture book with grandparents, who are likely to be inspired to recount the memories that created their
own wrinkles." School Library Journal
"I love this one.... The illustrations are beautiful. It’s like Norman Rockwell stuff. The cover is so gorgeous.... This is just an adorable book
because it puts aging in the context of fabulous memories.... So the question is: if it said 'Grandmother’s Wrinkles,' would I be as enthusiastic?
Yes." Dr. Laura Schlessinger on the Dr. Laura Live Radio Show, Monday Sept 10, 2007
"...a warm interchange of family history..." Children's Literature
From Library Media Connection
Large, color illustrations with lots of details and short meaningful text make this is a very nice book to share with young children. The
story centers on a little girl's conversation with her granddad. She asks him why his skin doesn't fit. He proceeds to answer her questions by
explaining where each of his wrinkles originated. The first came as he smiled as he married her grandmother, the second when her mother was
born, the third at a funny time in her mother's childhood, and on and on. At the end, he explains how his really big wrinkles came as a result of
her birth. At that point, Lucy smiles a big smile that starts the wrinkles in her face. What a good idea--wrinkles come from smiles, not
frowns. This book could be a trigger to talk about pleasant memories. A writing assignment about "My summer vacation" might take on new
meaning if the teacher asked "What happened this summer that will give you a happy wrinkle in the future?" Recommended. Beverly Combs,
Librarian, Parsons PreKindergarten School, Garland, Texas
From The Horn Book Guide
"...Lucy wonders where the wrinkles on her grandfather's face came from. Granddad explains that each wrinkle was made by an especially
big smile--when he got married, when Lucy's mom was born, when Lucy herself was born. Realistic paintings alternate between the present
day showing Lucy with her grandfather and flashbacks to earlier events."
From Edwards Book Club
This wonderful children’s book will delight young ones, parents, and grandparents alike. The walk-down-memory lane tale opens with Lucy
asking her Granddad, “Why doesn’t your skin fit you any more? It’s all crinkly.”
Adults will smile. Children will be curious to hear the answer.
Through beautiful illustrations and carefully crafted words, Lucy learns that Granddad has a special memory for each and every one of his
wrinkles. Lucy loves to hear about special memories about Granddad marrying Lucy’s Grandma, the day Lucy’s mom was born, and the day
that Lucy came into Granddad’s life. One by one, Lucy points to a wrinkle, and, without even a pause, Granddad happily obliges with a story.
This is a special story about the love between a little girl and her grandfather, but it also teaches children about the value of memories and the
love family members have for each other.
What Kaitlyn (age 5) liked: the nice pictures, when Granddad was remembering the time when Lucy’s mom fell into the toy box, when
Granddad was remembering about Lucy being born
From About.com Grandparents
My grandchildren sometimes question me about the various creases, spots and saggy spots that have appeared in my face over the
years. I'm not as clever as the Granddad of this story. When his granddaughter Lucy questions him about his "crinkles," he has a
good explanation, and one that will bring him and his granddaughter even closer together.
Smiles Into Wrinkles: "I have lived a very long time and I have wrinkles from smiling so often," Granddad tells Lucy. When Lucy
asks him about a particular wrinkle, he links it to the day he got married. The next page of the book shows a much-younger
Granddad and his bride about to make their getaway in a 50s-era automobile. The story continues with Lucy asking about more
wrinkles. Each one draws a memory from Granddad about a major life event, and each memory is accompanied by a detailed
illustration. Granddad's final recollection is of the day that Lucy was born.
A Life's Journey: Author Kathryn England had an altogether charming inspiration for this book, but much of the magic comes from
illustrator Richard McFarland. The picture spreads that show the different stages of Granddad's life lovingly reproduce the different
eras, with appropriate styles of clothing, hairdos and furniture. They have a retro, traditional look that is perfect for this storyline.
Grandfather's Wrinkles is from Flashlight Press, a company that is responsible for several more of my favorites. Wishes for One
More Day is another heartwarming tale, but the grandkids love the zany antics of Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie.
The Bottom Line: This is a children's book that is great for preschoolers. I suspect it will be enjoyed even more by the adults in the
family. McFarland's illustrations are sure to intrigue grown-ups who remember the eras that he depicts. I think the grandchildren will
enjoy this book. I'm certain grandparents will. Buy it for your grandchildren, and then read it whenever you like. I won't tell.
The making of Grandfather's Wrinkles and an image on the back cover of the Lake County Arts Magazine
"Touching illustrations of the interaction between Granddad and Lucy only add to the sweetness of this book, which would make a
great gift for your grandchildren." The Baton Rouge Advocate
"...an uplifting addition to stories about intergenerational love...Completely child-centered...evocative story..." ForeWord Magazine
"The connection between Lucy and her grandfather is touching and genuine, causing this book to exude warmth and love."
"Realistic watercolor illustrations show a grandpa as a young man up to present day. Grandpa tells his granddaughter about each
laugh line on his face and the joyful event that set it in place." The Ithaca Journal
"...every wrinkle holds a priceless memory..." Barbara Gruener, School Counselor, Friendswood, TX
"...a strongly touching book for adults and a warm hug for young children....a cozy treat for read-aloud time."
Jan Fields, My Shelf.com
"Grandfather’s Wrinkles is a heartwarming read-aloud picture book about the bonds of family, ...a journey through the happy
moments of life. The descriptive writing is beautifully complimented by the pastel colored pencil and watercolor illustrations.
Evocative of the nostalgic tone of I'll Love You Forever, this book is certain to appeal to children, parents and grandparents. This
well-bound hardback is a 5-star book." Lane Book Review Program
"This book is like a warm, wonderful hug! Heart-warming!" Betty Dravis, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
"Every Wrinkle Tells a Story: Huntley grandfather illustrates first children's book"
See the full feature on illustrator Richard McFarland in the Northwest Herald
(McHenry County, IL, Saturday, August 4, 2007) by clicking here or on the photo at right.
Illustrator Richard McFarland was featured in the September issue of Village Life Magazine
"Grandfather's Wrinkles is an enchanting children's picturebook about the bonds of family....
A heartwarming read-aloud picturebook meant to be shared between grandparents and
grandchildren." Midwest Book Review
From an Amazon.com customer:
"My four year old has made some really funny comments to her grandmothers about their wrinkles. She told my poor mother that
she would surely die the day after tomorrow, she was so wrinkled. (And she's really not!) The remarks provided never ending
fodder for family jokes, so when I stumbled across this title and took a peek inside, I had to get the book. I gave it to my daughter
on her birthday and told the grandparents as she was unwrapping it that it was a party game called "Who can read this without
crying?" My Dad read it aloud and we adults all got weepy - the story is just so amazingly sweet. It reaffirms the beauty and
preciousness of age. That's a wonderful thing in our youth-idolizing culture."
From 3rd Grade Reading Net
Great class read aloud or, since the reading level is third grade, students could read to younger classes. This book could be a model
for those third grade classes that do biographies and follow up with a literacy activity of writing their personal biographies. They
could do a project where they record all the happy events of their parents’ and/or their grandparents’ life, like Granddad does with
his wrinkles. The book could be used in art class for a portrait lesson, especially since the book has paintings of Granddad and
Grandma at different stages of their lives. Other activities are on the publisher’s website: (http://www.flashlightpress
com/grandfatherswrinkles.html). A really charming book.
Read full reviews here.
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2008, starred for Outstanding Merit
|Picture Books That Explore and Illuminate
Lexile Measure: 730L
Mean Sentence Length: 11.52
Mean Log Word Frequency: 3.65
Word Count: 484
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