Superabuelo (Mixed media product)
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Gustaf Håkansson was sixty-six years old. In 1951, he was barred from joining the Tour of Sweden due to his age. He participated unofficially, riding his bicycle over 1,000 miles and, to the delight of his countrymen, finished first. David Schwartz calls him Super Grandpa and brings his historic bike ride to life. Schwartz's zesty narration, enhanced by sound effects and Swedish fiddle music, will captivate listeners ages 4 and up. Older audiences too will cherish this story of a figure who shattered stereotypes about the elderly, and inspired generations to pursue their dreams. Hardcover edition includes CD and free download of the audio that features the narration by the Mexican voice over artist Arturo Castilla.
[Partial description in Spanish: Una historia real en que un abuelo de 66 años gana el Tour de Suecia. La edición de tapa dura incluye un CD, y descarga gratuita del audio de Internet. con la narración del talentoso actor mexicano Arturo Castilla.] —"Junior Library Guild" Selection
About the Author
David M. Schwartz is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning math titles How Much Is a Million?, G is for Googol and If You Hopped Like a Frog. When he is not speaking at schools and libraries around the U.S. and abroad, he can sometimes be seen on his bicycle, climbing the hills near his home in Oakland, CA.
"Just as uplifting as the English edition, this charming Spanish version is sure to captivate young bicycle enthusiasts and their grandparents. In a zippy text, Schwartz tells the story of a 66-year-old cyclist who competed in the Tour of Sweden, and to the surprise of the judges, finished first. Soft-toned watercolors showing the eager gentleman en route add tenderness to the story. Even young children will understand Superabuelo." —ALA Booklist
"Superabuelo reminds us not to take no for an answer. Readers will learn that old people can do amazing feats with their bodies. Dodson’s watercolor illustrations match the artistry and comedy of this unlikely and highly entertaining tale. The accompanying CD features a beautiful reading of the book with background music. The narrator has a warm, rich voice, which he aptly changes to portray the variety of characters in the story. Strongly recommended for libraries and bookstores." —Críticas (School Library Journal)