Grandpa’s Stopwatch, about a child whose grandfather passes away, is a touching story of love, loss, and the healing power of time
Grandpa’s favourite thing is a stopwatch, and he and his grandchild use it to time everything: racing to the end of the street and back (best speed: 24 seconds); the time it takes to eat a whole bubble gum ice cream cone (1 minute, 58 seconds – brain freeze: 6 seconds); a snore-filled nap on the couch (20 minutes).
When Grandpa dies, his grandchild inherits the beloved stopwatch. But the child doesn’t want the stopwatch … ‘I want him.’ The child throws the stopwatch into the back of a drawer, sadness overwhelms, and everything feels different. Nothing seems right, now that Grandpa is gone.
But with the passage of time, the comforting tick, tick, tick of the stopwatch, and happy memories, life does move forward…
This story about the death of a grandparent is told in a gentle and hopeful way and is the perfect book to help discuss the death of a loved one with a child, aimed at 2-5 year olds
“Grandpa’s Stopwatch normalises the sadness and grief children might feel after the death of a grandparent. It also shows young readers that these feelings can lessen over time, and that we may be comforted by memories of loved ones we have lost.” Lauren Callaghan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Co-founder and Clinical Director of Trigger Publishing
Grandpa’s Stopwatch, written by Loretta Garbutt and illustrated by Carmen Mok is out 5th November 2020, priced £12.99, published by Upside Down Books.
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Q. In the book Grandpa’s Stopwatch how many minutes is a snore-filled nap on the couch?