Picture Books By Topic: neighbors

Albert the Fix-It Man

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By: Janet Lord
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Elder valued in community, neighborliness, active older man
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Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

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By: Bethany Hegedus, Arun Gandhi
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
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Description: t Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste. (from website Grandfather Gandhi.)
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Grandpa’s Soup

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By: Eiko Kadono
Illustrated by: Satomi Ichikawa
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Description: After the death of his wife, an old man gradually realizes that making the soup she used to cook and sharing it with friends eases his loneliness. His resilience and generosity are inspiring.
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Harry and Walter

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By: Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by: Qin Leng
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Description: Harry (4 3/4) and Walter (92 1/2) are the best of friends, until young Harry must move away. Intergenerational friendship, neighbors, community, late life happiness, wisdom
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I Know a Lady

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By: Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by: James Stevenson
Description: Communities, neighbors, friendliness, everyday activities Out of print

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Miss Rumphius

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By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
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Description: Growing older, a lifetime, legacies, flowers, planting When still a little girl, Alice Rumphius decided that when she grew up she would visit faraway places, live by the sea and do something to make the world more beautiful–per her grandfather’s advice.
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn/series

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By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Arthur Howard
Description: Easy Reader. Mr. Putter’s neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn’t as easy as it sounds—for them or their pets. Mr. Putter’s everyday adventures continue in other books in the series such as Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch;
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Mrs. Katz and Tush

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By: Patricia Polacco
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Description: Friends & friendship, community, caring for others, cats & kittens, multi-cultural (African-Am. & Jewish). A lifelong and caring friendship between young Larnel and his neighbor Mrs. Katz. Many books by Patricia Polacco feature Positive Aging and intergenerational relationships–such as Chicken Sunday and The Bee Tree.
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Mr. George Baker

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By: Amy Hest
Illustrated by: Jon J. Muth
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Description: Intergenerational friends, multi-cultural (Af. Am.), long life and marriage of many decades, literacy and continued learning. At 100 years old, Mr. Baker is learning to read and rides the school bus with his very young friend Harry.
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Tapicero Tap Tap

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By: Waribe' Aska
Description: Grandpa is called Tapicero Tap Tap due to the tap tap of this hammer as he builds furniture in his shop. He shares youthful dreams of travel--unrealized, with his grandsons. And also his satisfaction with community, fiestas and bullfights.
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