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Grandfather Twilight

Last updated Sunday, April 24, 2016

Author: Barbara Helen Berger
Date of Publication: 1984
ISBN: 0399209964
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2016

Synopsis: When day is gone, and shadows begin to deepen, it is time for Grandfather Twilight to close his book, put on his jacket, and go for a walk through the forest. Little birds hush as he walks by, and the rabbits and other small creatures watch in silence as he performs his very special evening task and returns to his house among the trees. Small readers and listeners, too, will sense the serenity of this poetic story, and will be comforted to learn that the twilight is a gentle, friendly time. Exquisite pictures extend and illuminate the text, to reveal the nightly miracle so faithfully performed by Grandfather Twilight. Perfect for reading aloud and for sharing at bedtime, this beautiful and reassuring book will be cherished by old and young alike.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What do you think this book is about?
•  Do you have a grandfather or grandmother? Do you have a special name for your grandparents?
•  Do you have any animals?
•  What is twilight? Dusk?


•  twilight - the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun's rays from the atmosphere.
•  pearl - a hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of a pearl oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem.
•  chest - a large strong box, typically made of wood and used for storage or shipping.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How is the pearl growing larger?
•  Why is the string of pearls endless?
•  What is grandfather doing?
•  Make sure all the animals get names: dog, cat, bird (sparrow), squirrel or chipmunk, rabbit (bunnies)
•  What is your bedtime routine?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a stained glass window. Volunteers can draw a dark window frame on thin white paper, then kids can draw colorful designs inside the frame. Or glue on colorful tissue paper.
•  Draw a picture of you grandparents or other extended family.
•  Make a father's day card.
•  Check out our May craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/may-2016-fairytale-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!