Thursday, August 13, 2009

Celebrating Our Elders

The Stealers of Light
by Edmund Dulac, 1916

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." - Alex Haley

In the United States the first Sunday after Labor Day is Grandparent's Day . An old African proverb states, "When an elder dies, a library burns." I encourage you to collect one story from your elder's on Grandparent's Day. Make it a family ritual. I guarantee those tales will be treasured when they have crossed over.

Here are some sites from around the world to help you honor our elders.


The Dreaming Tree- Brazil
Grandmother’s Golden Dish – Serbia

Grandmother Spider Steals the Fire – Choctaw

Grandmother Spider Steals the Sun – Cherokee

Grandmother Wolf – China 

The Lime Tree – Russia

Raven and His Grandmother – Aleut - Grandparent’s Stories - As always, Jackie Baldwin provides us with a bounty or resources and Grandparent’s Day is no exception.

If you are a teacher or librarian, here are some crafts and activities to complement your curriculum on Grandparent's Day:

Activity Village – A wonderful page full of activities, printables and information on Grandparent’s Day. It's sure to put a smile on your face no matter what age!

Apples4theTeacher - Coloring pages and crafts for Grandparent's Day.

DLTK-Kids – Cute teapot craft with poem.

DLTK-Kids – Grandma or Grandpa apron.


Grandparent's Day Reading Material – “These books may be found at your local public or school library. For your convenience, ISBN numbers, book reviews and related links have been provided on each detail book page.”

Karen Chace 2009 ©
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Jai Joshi said...

Fantastic post! Love the links. I have no living grandparents left but I always honour them in my heart and remember what sacrifices they made.

Happy Grandparents Day.

Karen Chace said...


So glad you like the links, I hope they will be useful in your storytelling.

My grandparents are gone as well but I remember them with great love.

Happy Saturday!