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Grandfather Counts

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Gong Gong (Grandfather) is coming from China to live with Helen's family. Helen is excited, but anxious. How will she and her siblings, who only know English, communicate with Gong Gong, who speaks only Chinese? At first Gong Gong keeps to himself, reading the Chinese newspapers he brought with him. Then one day, as Helen sits outside watching for the train that runs behind her house, Gong Gong joins her. He starts counting the train cars in Chinese, and then teaches Helen the words. Helen reciprocates by teaching Gong Gong to count in English. Soon Helen and Gong Gong are teaching each other more words, and a special bond between them begins to develop and grow. A moving intergenerational story, Grandfather Counts highlights the universality of the love shared between grandparent and grandchild, a love that helps them cross the boundaries of language and culture.


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Hardback Editions

July 2003 : USA Library Binding

Title: Grandfather Counts
Author(s): Andrea Cheng
ISBN: 0-613-65692-X / 978-0-613-65692-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc.
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April 2002 : USA Turtleback

Title: Grandfather Counts
Author(s): Andrea Cheng
ISBN: 0-606-27976-8 / 978-0-606-27976-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: Grandfather Counts (Reading Rainbow Books)
Author(s): Andrea Cheng
ISBN: 1-58430-010-8 / 978-1-58430-010-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lee & Low Books Inc
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : USA Paperback

Title: Library Book: Grandfather Counts (Avenues)
Author(s): Deborah J Short, Josefina Villamil Tinajero, Alfredo Schifini
ISBN: 1-58430-158-9 / 978-1-58430-158-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: National Geographic School Pub
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