One young girl reflects on a year with her beloved grandpa. She remembers the fields and parks they explored in the springtime and the old toys they fixed up in the summer. She remembers the handmade gifts they exchanged in the fall and the stories Grandpa told by the fi re each winter. But this year, the girl must say good-bye to Grandpa. In the face of her grief, she is determined to find a way to honor him. She decides to record her Grandpa stories in the notebook he made for her and carry Grandpa with her as she grows. An honest and relatable depiction of loss, Grandpa’s Stories celebrates life and the ways in which love lives on.
A sensitive child grapples with the impending loss of her kind, gray-haired grandfather as the two spend time together throughout the seasons. In autumn, he makes her a notebook; in winter, she sits on his lap as he "tells me tales from when he was a boy, of Indian sweets and homemade toys." Using conditional statements with lyrical metaphors and similes, the girl imagines the ways she might hold onto him: "If all the world were springtime, I would replant my grandpa's birthdays so that he would never get old." Colpoys illustrates with loose, painterly lines in citrus and light blue shades the child is pictured surrounded by an overgrown meadow of blooming wildflowers, her dark scribbly curls visually echoing the plants' tendrils. After her grandfather dies, the girl discovers that writing and drawing her memories of him helps keep him close. Readers mourning a grandparent or other family member may find solace through Coelho's sentiments about love living on through cherished memories. Ages 4 8.