THE MATCHBOX DIARY
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2013
IL K-3, RL 2.8
Have you ever saved something and put it in your pocket? Have you ever wondered what your grandparents were like when they were younger? In The Matchbox Diary, a little girl learns what her great-grandfather collected when he was a little boy. The little girl’s grandfather owns a book and antique shop where he has collected many old items. He tells her to choose one thing and he will tell her its story. She chooses an old box with a pretty picture on its cover. When she asks her grandfather “What’s inside?” he answers not just one story, but many stories. The pretty box is filled with many tiny boxes and each tiny box has something inside – something her grandfather collected that tells a story about him from when he was a little boy. Have fun reading this book to find out all the stories the girl’s grandfather tells. ( Prepared by: Charlotte Easley, Shaw Heights Elementary School, Charlotte. South Carolina Picture Books Award Nominee, 2016)
A little girl’s questions about objects in her grandfather’s home prompt a dialogue between grandfather and granddaughter that reveals a story of immigration, family, and the importance of history. An old cigar box holds matchboxes filled with small objects, each one tied to a memory for her grandfather to share. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
|SUBJECTS: Collectors and collecting -- Fiction.
Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Great-grandfathers -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Matchboxes -- Fiction.
Picture books for children.