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Sun & Spoon (Hardcover)

Author:  Kevin Henkes
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0688152325
ISBN-13: 9780688152321
Sku: 30125712
Publish Date: 9/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  144
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
Spoon Gilmore's grandmother had been dead for two months when he realized that he wanted something special of hers to keep. This thought came to him in the middle of a hot, sticky July night and nagged at him off and on until morning. (from the first line)
It has been only two months since Spoon Gilmore's grandmother died, but already he is worried that he will forget her. Spoon's life doesn't leave him much time to think, so he does something he soon regrets but cannot admit. With empathy and sensitivity Caldecott Honor recipient Kevin Henkes has created a poignant story of painful loss and amazing discovery.
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It has been only two months since Spoon Gilmore's grandmother died, but already he is worried that he will forget her. Spoon's life doesn't leave him much time to think, so he does something he soon regrets but cannot admit. With empathy and sensitivity Caldecott Honor recipient Kevin Henkes has created a poignant story of painful loss and amazing discovery.

It had been only two months since Spoon Gilmore's grandmother died, but already he was worried that he would forget her. That's why he needed something of Gram's - something special that had belonged to her, something to remember her by.

Spoon wasn't quite sure what the something was, though he knew he would know it when he saw it. But Spoon's little sister, Joanie, did not leave him much time to look. She was always following him, demanding attention. Spoon didn't have the time he needed to think, or perhaps he wouldn't have done what he did.

02 Nutmeg State Children's Book Award Masterlist and 00-01 Young Reader's Choice Award Program Masterlist

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Even as 10-year-old Spoon Gilmore copes with the recent death of his grandmother, he worries that he is beginning to forget her. Thinking he needs something physical to remember his grandmother by, Spoon becomes determined to find the perfect object to symbolize his special relationship with her. Spoon's efforts are thwarted by his pesky kid sister (who is dealing with the loss in her own unique way) and his grandfather, who changes the subject whenever Spoon mentions his grandmother. When Spoon finally finds the object he seeks, he acts without thinking, and his simple plan to honor the memory of his grandmother becomes a lot more complicated.
Author Bio
Kevin Henkes
Author and illustrator Kevin Henkes had his first book, entitled ALL ALONE, published in 1981 when he was only 19 years old. Since then, he has become an enormously popular author of picture books and novels for middle-grade readers, notably the Newbery Honor Book OLIVE'S OCEAN. Many of Henkes's picture books, such as JULIUS THE BABY OF THE WORLD and LILY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE, feature the character Lily--a feisty white mouse. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal for his charming, duotoned KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON. In 2006, he received the Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children's Literature.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"...not just another tale about the death of a grandmother. Rather, it is centered in that uncomfortable preadolescent limbo where Spoon, neither child nor adult, is temporarily stranded. Nostalgically, Spoon remembers when his father used to toss him in the air and flip him up on his shoulder, but knows he's too big for that now." - Elizabeth Spires 11/16/1997

Five Owls
"Henkes takes you directly inside this boy's private, unsayable feelings and thoughts, enabling you to know him more precisely than it's sometimes possible to know a child or grandchild of your own....Weighty though this subject is, Henkes's touch is light and deft. This book is fresh, delightful from start to end." - Doris Orgel September/October 1997

Kirkus Reviews
"Like Henkes's other novels, this is more restrained in tone than his picture books, but it is infused with the same good humor, wisdom, and respect for children's hearts and minds that characterize all his works." 06/01/1997

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0144
Product attributePublisher:   Greenwillow Books
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