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When Grandpa Was The Moon

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Spellbinding beauty, in every possible way, from one of the world's most talented children's authors. This is a must-read for anyone with grandparents.   

Recommended ages: for 0 - 6yrs old

Author: Stuart French

Illustrator: Francisco Fonseca

Format: Hardcover


What is this picture book about? 

When Grandpa leaves the world, where does he go? Adorned with the most incredible illustrations, and impossibly beautiful poetry, this raw and comforting book will bring a tear to your eye for all the right reasons. 

Gazing from an elevated window above the cityscape, a child stares into the warmly-lit windows of their neighbouring apartments. Anchored above the rows of civilisation is the wise but weathered stare of the moon. Is their Grandpa up there? Indeed, he is, and little ones will let their imagination take flight as they wander through the endearing world that their precious grandparent calls home.

Evocative, raw and heartfelt, When Grandpa Was the Moon helps little ones everywhere understand that whilst a loved one may be gone, they're still here in so many ways.


Praise for When Grandpa Was The Moon

"Beautifully written and brings a very positive message." The Feathered Quill.

An excerpt from the story

Did you know the moon’s an artist

and he paints with the evening light.

He gathers the world’s colours

and hides them beneath the night.


Did you know the moon’s a gentleman

and he dances through the evening.

He gathers the tides of the ocean 

and their movement is his breathing.

Did you know the moon is watching

and the clouds hold his thoughts so tight.

He gathers all your kindness 

and turns it into light.

Oh, did you know the moon's a teacher

and he times his class to the rolling tides.

He gathers all the children

and gazes inside their minds.

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