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The Study of Poetry and Literature for Children & Young Adults

Books by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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Most Popular Anna Grossnickle Hines Titles
at the Olean Public Library
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 2003. My Grandma is Coming to Town. Ill. by Melissa Sweet. Cambridge Massachusetts: Candlewick Press. ISBN 0763612375
My children and I only lived near their grandparents for a short two years when they were very small. This book helps children bridge the shyness gap between loving a grandparent on the phone and in letters and getting to know them again in person during a visit.
 
 
Partridge, Elizabeth. 2003. Whistling. Ill. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0060502355
The story of a little boy and his father on a camping where early in the morning the two whistle up the sun. The love of the father for the little boy touches me every time I read it. The appliqued quilts used for illustrations bring the story to life, even capturing the boy's excitement as he learns to whistle in the forest.
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 2002. Which Hat is That? Ill. by LeUyen Pham. New York: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN 0152164774
A magical book as a little one explores different careers through dressup and different hats. This is a fun book to read to toddlers. The flip-the-flap fun allows the reader to discover what the little girl mouse is dressed up as.
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 2001. Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts. Ill. Anna Grossnickle Hines. New York: Greenwillow Press. ISBN 0688169643
I come from a long line of quilters and the quilting expertise in this book is amazing but the poems written in free verse that accompany each poem also makes the book a pleasure to read. Each poem reflects a season and the quilted illustration perfectly complements the poem to create a book to be shared and enjoyed.
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 1998. My Own Big Bed. Ill. by Mary Watson. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0688156002
A beautiful story of a little girl's first night in her big bed. A excellent transition story to read to a child making the move from a crib to a big kid bed. As the little girl thinks of everything that can go wrong, she solves the problem on her own, for example worried about falling out she covers the floor on each side of the bed with pillows and blankets. The watercolor illustrations touched me as I watched the little one think of obstacles and then solve them one by one.
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 1997. Miss Emma's Wild Garden. Ill. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0688146937
I love to garden, when my children were little they would dig deep holes while I gardened trying to discover dinosaur bones and buried treasure. In this book Chloe discovers all the wild creatures in Miss Emma's garden. The brilliant acrylic illustrations are so vivid yet soft, it looks as if the reader could touch the animals and flowers Chloe discovers.
 
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 1995. When the Goblins Came Knocking. Ill. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0688137369
A wonderful story written in verse that helps to understand the fun in dressing up for Halloween. A little boy is frightened when the monsters and ghosts treat or treat at his home. But after thinking about it, he discovers that he can dress up and be the scariest of all. The illustrations done on black paper with Prismacolor pencils highlight the fun in Halloween. The little monsters, ghosts and ghouls look very happy to be out trick or treating.
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 2003. Gramma's Walk. Ill. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0688114814
A little boy visits his wheelchair bound grandmother and takes an imaginary walk along the beach with her. They discover animal tracks and seashells, spy an otter looking at them, hear the waves and the buoy bell. The watercolor illustrations are twofold, one side shows the boy and his grandma with their eyes closed imagining and the other side shows us what they see. What a wonderful way to visit with someone who can no longer explore outdoors.
 
Grossnickle, Anna Hines. 1983. Taste the Raindrops. Ill. by Anna Grossnickle Hines. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0688014232
A tender story of a busy mother taking the time to play in the rain with her young son. Simple pen and ink illustrations convey the longing of the little boy. The mother's face gets longer and longer as she tries to complete the housework and then brightens as she decides to dance in the rain with her little guy. This story reminds me to take the time, children grow so quickly.

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Book Analysis

Where do you get your ideas?

 

"Most of the ideas in my stories come from things that have happened to me or my children, or other people I know. They come from feelings I remember having when I was a little girl, or things I observe that trigger my feelings. When that happens I think, "Oh, this might be a good idea for a story". I put the idea in the back of my mind or jot it down so I won't forget it. I have a little garden of story ideas growing in the back of my mind all the time."

 

From an interview with Anna Grossnickle Hines at www.aghines.com

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Anna at her first book signing of Taste the Raindrops, her daughter Lassan is 3 years old and in the red dress behind her.
From www.aghines.com