Welcome! Meet Opa and Oma, grandparents who have grown in life together on their farm. After fifty years, they still tend their farm, teaching their grandchildren to care for the land and its creatures.
This humble and peaceful story passes on valuable life lessons, drawing on the rural upbringing of the author and his six brothers and sisters, who received the gifts of roots and wings. Opa and Oma’s sixteen grandchildren now reap the benefits of the same lessons. The appealing simplicity of the story and illustrations creates a heartwarming glimpse of farm and family life.
Andrew Holmquist captures the beauty of the rolling farmscape and the teeming life of a farm as it undergoes a transition. The story and illustrations encapsulate not only one family’s change, as children move away from the farm, but that of a nation as well, as rural life gives way to urban society. Families with connections to farm life, Americans of German heritage, and those who treasure family bonds will especially appreciate Opa & Oma Together.
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Praise for Opa & Oma Together
Patrick Mader’s Opa & Oma Together captures the magic of growing old together and will give children a vivid sense of how life progresses from one generation to the next. Andrew Holmquist’s vibrant illustrations complement the spare text and bring Opa and Oma’s story to life. —Catherine Friend, author of The Perfect Nest
A wonderful story of changes and family love. This beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book gives young readers and listeners insights into life on a family farm in the Upper Midwest. —Jim Gilbert, author of Through Minnesota’s Seasons with Jim Gilbert, naturalist and director of Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College
The story does indeed illustrate the values and commitments to the family that farm men and women traditionally hold dear. —Robert Shepard, Chief Administrator, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation
I found the book delightful, full of love for both family and the land. What a lovely, sweet message for children to be exposed to. —Daisy Delano, Assistant Library Director, Taunton Public Library, Taunton, Massachusetts