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No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.
The townspeople of Bonnyripple count on Cornelius to file away their tiffs and huffs, squabbles and snits. But when a storm flings the people together and their grudges to the wind, will the Grudge Keeper be out of a job?
This timely and entertaining story is beautifully conveyed through Rockliff’s witty wordplay and Wheeler’s elegant illustrations.
About the Author
Mara Rockliff is the author of several children’s books, including Me and Momma and Big John, winner of the Golden Kite Award and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Eliza Wheeler wrote and illustrated Miss Maple’s Seeds, a New York Times best seller. She lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review. Preschoolers don't typically tend to hold on to grudges for very long. They are amazingly adept at forgiving and moving on. This would be a terrific text for older elementary students (and some teenagers and adults too). It seems the older we get, the more we can hold on to a grudge (I know that I have held on to some. Truth be told, I think I still have some). Rockliff does a great job of showing that letting things go can lead to wonderful friendships. This past week, a lady I was speaking with shared a great insight; she doesn't get angry about things because she can't change it -- what needs to be done is figuring out how to fix it. That's a great lesson to learn and this book will help young children learn it early. Since this is a children's book, the grudges are nothing serious so it will be easy for students to relate. For older students (teens) I could see this text being open a discussion on grudges and how they can impact our life and those around us. This book was a great reminder to me ~ don't sweat the small stuff!
Title: The Grudge Keeper Author: Mara Rockliff Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Published: 4-1-2014 ISBN: 9781561457298 Pages: 32 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Relationships Overall Rating: Great Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne Bonnyripple is a place of Tranquility and peace. There were no slights or bad feelings toward another by anyone. Bonnyripple was a place so nice everyone wanted to live there. There was only one place that grudges could be found. That was at Old Cornelius' home. He was The Grudge Keeper for the town. He would tuck away all the little snits, tiffs and grudges and hides them away, out of sight in nooks and crannies of his home. That is until the day a big storm comes to Bonnyripple. A beautiful tale of how even small offenses can grow and build over time if they are not dealt with. A town that hides away all their bad feelings until something happens and the slights and pet peeves will overwhelm you. Teach your young readers how to overcome small grievances without loosing someone important to you. Paired with some wonderful illustrations, young readers will be entertained and taught how to get along even when you do not agree with someone else's point of view.