Grandma's Tales #1 Children's Book Review

We love finding children's book series to share with our readers!  Today, we are sharing Grandma's Tales 1 from the Grandma's & Grandpa's Tales by Cheryl Carpinello!  Check out the series, read our thoughts on this first book and learn about the author!

A retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello has crafted Grandma/Grandpa’s entertaining stories with repetitive phrases, colorful pictures, and reading/language strategies to engage kids in active reading…

By Cheryl Carpinello

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About the Book

Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 1, Wild Creatures In My Neighborhood and What if I Went to the Circus, explores the wildlife around neighborhoods and introduces decision-making. Book 2Singers of Songs and The Not Too Stubborn Humpback, explores a common, but not so common insect, and lets readers see that being stubborn isn’t always good. Book 3Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale, introduces readers to an extended metaphor and lets them decide if the fish story is real.

Release Date: Grandma’s Tales #1 (2016), Grandma’s Tales #2 (2018), Grandma’s Tales #3 (2021), Grandpa’s Tales #1 (2016), Grandpa’s Tales #2 (2018), Grandpa’s Tales #3 (2021)

Publisher:  Silver Quill Publishing

Soft Cover: Grandma’s Tales #1 – 39 pages; $9.99

Grandma’s Tales #2 – 66 pages; $13.99

Grandma’s Tales #3 – 64 pages; $14.99

Grandpa’s Tales #1 – 39 pages; $9.99

Grandpa’s Tales #2 – 66 pages; $13.99

Grandpa’s Tales #3 – 64 pages; $14.99

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My Review

Grandma's Tales Book 1 is a Fun Read-a-Long Book For Families. Some of my daughters' favorite memories are storytimes with Grandma and Grandpa.  Grandma generally read a story with them--Grandpa telling tales with an authenticity that even the grownups often questioned.  As the author guides readers through her characters' environments and surroundings, little ones and caregivers will have a light, entertaining read.  

Easy to Read Pages Make Grandma's Tales Perfect for Bedtime Stories or Self Reading.  The stories are easy enough that young readers could read them on their own--but also short and light enough that they would make enjoyable bedtime stories or family storytime reads.

Would I Recommend Grandma's Tales #1 by Cheryl Carpinello?  The stories were fun, entertaining, and gave a little bit of a discussion starting opportunities regarding decision making, neighborhoods, animals, and family.  I enjoyed the author's writing style, the colorful illustrations, and the easy flow of the stories.  I would recommend this book to families with preschoolers seeking a fun series for family storytimeThe easy-to-read, repetitive phrases make it a great early reader storybook as well.   

About the Author

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7.  Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series.

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