What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur A. Levine
Published on August 9, 2016.
Every morning is beautiful when Noah visits his Grandparents. When Grandpa and Noah wake up, they take off singing and hardly stop: walking the dog, splashing through puddles, and eating French toast with cinnamon.
But one summer Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things they love. Does he even know who Noah is?
Grandma steps in energetically, filling in as best she can. But it is Noah who finds the way back to something he can share with Grandpa. Something musical. Something that makes the morning beautiful again.
This is a story about how love helps us
find even what we think is lost.
Although this is a sad story, it’s still a great read. Noah, a young boy of maybe 7 or 8, visits his grandparents every summer. He and Grandpa have the best time doing all kinds of activities together, but their favorite is singing. Grandpa has a song for everything, and he sings loud and long making everything a little bit more fun. He reminds me of my dad. He also has many goofy songs.
But this year, Grandpa isn’t singing, and one time he doesn’t remember who Noah is. Noah is frightened and sad, but his Grandma helps him – both by taking over some of the things that Grandpa had been doing and helping Noah understand that Grandpa is just confused. This story is about the power of song and the love that still remains even when someone’s memory is failing him.
The spirit of this book is wonderful. It deals with a very difficult topic in an easy to understand and, even, fun way. I think it would be a great read for families in this situation, but also for other families just trying to open their kids’ eyes to the realities of getting old and the changes in relationships over time. It is perfect for children ages 5-8.
I read this book on my own to get this review written on time, but I look forward to reading it with my 6 year old some night soon. It will make a better read aloud than a book for him to read though because the prose is a little lyrical and not the nice straightforward sentences that my early reader needs.
My Rating: 4 stars
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