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The chicken salad club
Arnold, Marsha Diane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Nathaniel's great-grandfather, who is 100 years old, loves to tell stories from his past but seeks someone to join him with a new batch of stories.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 28023.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An award-winning author and illustrator pay tribute to the universal art of storytelling

Nathaniel Hopkins is lucky enough to have a 100-year-old "Greatpaw" with a treasure trove of wonderful stories. During each visit, Greatpaws serves a feast of chicken salad sandwiches and lemonade to go with his storytelling. But when he tires of his own tales, Nathaniel must find a way to lift Greatpaw's spirits.

Like Greatpaw, Marsha Diane Arnold is a natural-born storyteller. Here she teams up with an award-winning artist in this perfect summertime read that shows how stories keep people connected.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. This isn't a book about sandwiches, although that is what young Nathaniel and his great-grandfather like to share when "Greatpaw" tells stories. Nathaniel loves the tales of century-old Greatpaw's boyhood and courtship with his long-gone wife, but Greatpaw wants to share his stories with an audience that hasn't heard them. Arranging that seems as simple as putting together chicken-salad sandwiches: Nathaniel tenderly offers his dog and his class as listeners. When neither audience proves successful, Nathaniel and Greatpaw start a Century Club for seasoned story-swappers. Sadly, no one shows up. Greatpaw is discouraged, but Nathaniel keeps at it until he finds the perfect listeners. Downing's charming watercolors leap between past and present with expert agility, bringing to life this heartwarming story about an intergenerational bond. --Kathleen Squires

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3‘Every day after school, Nathaniel and his 100-year-old great-grandfather share lemonade, chicken-salad sandwiches, and stories. Greatpaw tells wonderful tales about the old days, the Great War, and meeting Greatmaw. When the old man and the boy try to form a "Century Club" of other storytellers, they are disappointed when no one shows up. Nathaniel saves the situation by placing an ad in the paper and when 99-year-old Sadie Johannsen rings the doorbell with cookies and stories in abundance, the Chicken Salad Club is formed. The neighborhood children soon gather on the porch where "Sometimes Nathaniel and his friends tell stories of their own, but mostly they just listen." The soft, lively watercolor and colored-pencil drawings pull readers into the plot and will make their mouths water for lemonade and their spirits yearn for a good yarn. A delightful intergenerational book that promotes families, stories, and fun.‘Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.