Hey, Grandpa! — A Children’s Story

Hey, Grandpa! — A Children’s Story

In addition to being a lighthearted work of fiction, Hey, Grandpa! helps children and parents adjust to the loss of a grandparent or another older, significant person in the child’s life. The book, which would be illustrated by an artist of the publisher’s choice, reveals the close, vibrant relationship between Johnny and his adventurous and quirky grandfather.

The pages flow with Johnny’s memories from infancy to early youth. Each recollection involves Johnny and Grandpa humorously getting into trouble once again and Grandpa taking the responsibility for it. With Grandpa’s illness and eventual death, Johnny finds a way to keep his best friend’s memory alive.

I was inspired to write this piece after attending a funeral and listening to a grown daughter reflect on how she and her father had enjoyed so many great times fishing together. She shared how the two always made it a point to take their poles out on her birthday. She went on to say that, even though her father had now passed away, she would go fishing the next week on her birthday. Moreover, she said she would know that her father was with her. It got me to thinking about the important bond shared between daddies and their little girls. When I began to write, the vision morphed into the irreplaceable bond shared between grandparents and their grandchildren.

AARP estimates that the United States holds 80 million grandparents as of 2010. Further, according to Senior Journal: Today’s News and Information for Senior Citizens & Baby Boomers, 7 million children lived with their grandparents in 2009, comprising 9% of children in the United States.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells us that children benefit from intergenerational relationships through enhanced social skills, improved academic performance, decreased drug use, and increased stability while elders enjoy enhanced socialization, stimulated learning, increased emotional support, and overall improved health.

This book reminds us of both the value and the return on investing in the lives of those from other generations.

More often than we would like to admit, children experience the grief associated with the death of a parent or grandparent when they are still at a tender age. They try to understand but are often confused and unsure where to turn. Sometimes the grief is delayed longer than anyone would have expected. This book will be waiting for them when they are ready to face the grief. In walking with Johnny through his loss, the reader is better equipped to face it in his own circumstance.

I will keep you informed through the acquisitions process which, from what I can tell, is very long and painstaking. To keep it interesting, though, I’ll share some of my other ideas for children’s literature in time to come. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even ask for your help by way of feedback or critique!

Look for more information soon.

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