AROUND THE TABLE THAT GRANDAD BUILT, by Melanie Heuiser Hill, Illustrated by Jaime Kim, Candlewick Press


A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship, perfect for the holidays and every day.

This is the table that Grandad built.
These are the sunflowers picked by my cousins,
set on the table that Grandad built.

In a unique take on the cumulative classic “This Is the House That Jack Built,” a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a table that brims with associations: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad’s wedding, silverware gifted to Dad by his grandma long ago. Not to mention the squash from the garden, the bread baked by Gran, and the pies made by the young narrator (with a little help). Serving up a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is poised to become a savored part of Thanksgiving traditions to come

Out September 2019

32 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a very vividly colored book with a lovely story attached. Large writing, short sentences and easy wording along with short paragraphs is perfect for the more advanced picture book readership. This culturally diverse book brings together family and friends of different ethnicities and they all share a meal together. This book promotes acceptance, friendship, positive relationships.

The artwork is not my favorite but that’s just me. It suits the story perfectly, just too incomplete for my liking especially in the characters. The table and food seems finished but the MC and her friends/family have been hurried or perhaps, this is just the style.

I would have liked to see more two or three-dimensional characters to give further depth to the story and message and not look so crayon-drawn. The MC looks too Pippi Longstockingish. Just not for me.

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