When my grandfather came to America
he made himself a handsome coat!
Henry and Mudge love to visit Henry's great-grandfather. In fact, they love visiting all of the grandpas that live in the retirement home. Together with his dog Mudge and all of the grandpas, Henry explores the woods, swims in a secret pond, plays checkers, and enjoys the stories of each of these lively old men.
Gus loves basketball — that is, basketball practice with Pete, the coach, and shooting baskets at Grandpa's house with only Grandpa's dog, Skipper, in attendance. Basketball games are another story. What if Gus misses every basket, and everybody laughs? If only his parents wouldn't come.
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful — and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
Buzz is visiting Grandma, and Fly Guy comes along for the ride. Oops! Grandma swallows Fly Guy, then a spider, then a bird, then a cat, then a dog... She's about to swallow a horse, when Fly Guy shouts: "BUZZZ!" Buzz is starting to worry, but there is nothing Fly Guy can't handle!
Ricky Ricotta is a lonely mouse. He has no brothers and no sisters to play with. Often he finds himself being picked on by bullies at school. He is waiting for his life to change for the better — for something big to happen.
Sunshine Home may be sunny, but it is not a home. Not Grandma's home, anyway. As much as Timmie's mom and dad try to act as if everything is normal, and as cheery as Grandma tries to be when they visit her, Timmie can see that they are all miserable.
Grandmas and grandpas can do lots of things — play hide-and-seek, paint pictures, make hats, take naps, sing songs, and go for walks. But what is it that they do best? Give lots of love to their grandchildren, of course!