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    I Am My Grandpa's Enkelin
    Publisher: Paraclete Press, 2007

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    This original tale is told by a granddaughter, looking back in loving memory at all that her German-American grandpa taught her.

    As Grandpa shows his precious Enkelin how to live well, he also, at the end of his life, shows her that death is not an end, but a new beginning.

    Children will delight in life on the farm, from caring for horses to working together in the garden:

                         Peas were the first to ripen.                 

    We popped them from their pods

    And dropped them, bump and tumble, in the pot.

    They will be facinated by the real-life ways that growing and dying are part of life:  hens protecting their chicks, succulent duck of supper, even butchering hogs in autumn, and the ways that a community comes together to prepare for a feast.


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