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When I Am Old with You

by Angela Johnson
Illustrated by David Soman

Published by Orchard, 1990
32 pages
ISBN: 0-531-05884-0

Ages 3-6

A warm, tender relationship between a grandfather and his young grandson is recounted through the child's verbalized projections of all the things they'll do together when the child is as old as Grandaddy: "When I am old with you, Grandaddy, we will play cards all day underneath that old tree by the road. / We'll drink cool water from a jug and wave at all the cars that go by." Gentle, softly colored watercolor paintings show the African-American grandfather and grandson doing today all the things they look forward to doing together in the future.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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