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A Plan for Pops

by Heather Smith, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

tagged: depression & mental illness, multigenerational, imagination & play, lgbt
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list price: $9.99
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published: Feb 2019
pages: 32
ISBN:9781459816169
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple." —Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful and uplifting book." —School Library Journal

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in  hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.

About the Authors

Heather Smith

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario. Her middle-grade novel, Ebb & Flow, was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award and was the winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Her picture book The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden was recently named the winner of the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature. Heather has written several other books for young people including the award-winning, The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. Heather's Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.
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Brooke Kerrigan

BROOKE KERRIGAN is a recent graduate from Sheridan College's Interpretive Illustration program. She is an illustrator in the Deal With It series. Some of her other illustrated books include Eat it up!, Dog Breath, and Kiss Me! I’m a Prince. She divides her time between Chamonix, France and Toronto, Ontario.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 5
Grade:
p to k
Awards
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
  • Commended, ALA Rainbow List Top Ten
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets—Top Ten
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, Best Spiritual Book of the Year
Editorial Reviews

“A warm intergenerational story accompanied by expressive illustrations full of engaging detail.”

— The Horn Book Online

"Add this one to your go-to list."

— Kiss the Book blog

"Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."

— Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog

"A fond and sympathetic story, told with attractive particulars, of the challenging pitfalls of aging and their effects on the family…[A] welcome reminder that even after a daunting change, family can still be family."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Accompanied by Kerrigan's muted, pastel-coloured illustrations… Smith's narrative creates a fully rounded and sympathetic storyline with characters with whom youngsters will likely be able to identify…A delicious, enjoyable, and necessary narrative for modern families with a non-normative makeup. Highly Recommended."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A marvelous book on many, many levels and deserves a wide readership. Pick it up for your children, grandchildren, grandparents, or others in your lives, and recommend it to all the children’s librarians you know."

— Mombian blog

"A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."

— School Library Journal

"The bond between Lou and [their] loving grandparents shines through in this unique story. The matter-of-factness of their relationship is worth noting, as this type of representation for same-sex couples will help children appreciate the diversity that exists in many families, without overstating it."

— Resource Links

“Smith’s characters are real and honest…Kerrigan’s digital artwork…is both engaging and touching.”

— Canadian Children's Book News

“Whatever message a young child gets out of this book, it will be a powerful one… This book is an excellent choice for the pre-school land the early elementary-aged child.”

— Must Read Literature: K thru YA

"[Children] will be instantly drawn in by the warmth and love that binds these three characters together."

— Youth Services Book Review

“One of those books that bursts out of its ages 3 - 5 range because of its tender, funny pictures and heartwarming storyline that speak to the best in humanity, at any age.”

— Spirituality & Practice

"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "

— Kirkus Reviews

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