Parents' Guide to

Sun & Spoon

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Boy seeks something to remember his grandmother.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

perfect for kids of all ages and adults

love it

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Educational value
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age 8+

Perfect for all ages

I read this book because I wanted to make sure that it was appropriate to use as a book for book club for my third grade students. I think it is a great choice for this purpose. Children will need help with some decoding of words and defining some wonderful vocabulary. I loved how Henkes handled the difficult subject matter on many values. The adults in this book are wise and perceptive. They are wonderful examples of how children should be treated with respect to guide them through difficult moments in their young lives. I look forward to the conversations my students with have with each other!

This title has:

Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This delicate, poignant story is enriched by delightful characters. There's Spoon's eccentric, poetic little sister Joanie, who carries branches around in a suitcase and calls them tree bones; his tender, grieving grandfather; and Spoon himself, deeply thoughtful and caring, afraid that his memories of his grandmother are fading. Kevin Henkes shows his mastery here, making this simple story affecting without sentimentality, and compelling without contrived dramatics. A small masterpiece.

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