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A Grandparent's Book [Hardcover]

Milton Kamen
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Jan. 14 2003
A lavish keepsake volume provides space for grandparents to record personal thoughts and memories, in a gift book that is certain to become a treasured family keepsake. Original.

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Format:Hardcover
This book is an excellent way to record the lives of grandparents. It provides for detailed descriptions not just of life events, but of the personality of the person and of his/her outlook on life. I research my family history, and I have looked at several different versions of this type of book. A Grandparent's Book seems to provide the most complete picture of a person. You don't have to wait to be a grandparent or only give it to a grandparent. It works for parents, too. I have given it to my children's grandparents, and I am purchasing two for my husband and myself to complete for our children and grandchildren.
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As a student in Engilish class preforming research on my family this book gave insight on my dead gradmother who I had never known . I wish this was a more populized book and that I could pick it up in any book store. Every one I know who has seen it wishes they could give one to thier grandparent or parent for future use especially for parents with only one living relitive. A stuning book and a wonderful idea . I'm glad that thier aare people with this much kindness who can think of what the most valuable gift a grandparent could leave a Grandchild.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not what I thought it would be Nov. 30 2002
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book to give to my child's grandparents to fill out together. Unfortunately, it's questions are geared for only one person to fill them out. So, the book is great if your intention is to give it to either a grandmother OR a grandfather to fill out, but not a couple.
I found a different book that is fabulous for both to fill out together. Our Story: A Grandparent's Record Book, Sharing Your History With Those You Love, by Readers Digest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GIFT FOR PREGNANT DAUGHTER Sept. 25 1999
Format:Hardcover
When our daughter announced that she was pregnant and wanted us to document our family history, she handed us Milton Kamen's book...a fabulous workbook with intelligent questions and enough room for thoughtful answers....and we had a wonderful time answering these questions which brought back memories of things forgotten since childhood and of people not thought of for years. BUY THIS BOOK FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not what I thought it would be Nov. 30 2002
By Kathy Berger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book to give to my child's grandparents to fill out together. Unfortunately, it's questions are geared for only one person to fill them out. So, the book is great if your intention is to give it to either a grandmother OR a grandfather to fill out, but not a couple.
I found a different book that is fabulous for both to fill out together. Our Story: A Grandparent's Record Book, Sharing Your History With Those You Love, by Readers Digest.
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful way to record a grandparent's life. March 6 1999
By jlwsmurf@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is an excellent way to record the lives of grandparents. It provides for detailed descriptions not just of life events, but of the personality of the person and of his/her outlook on life. I research my family history, and I have looked at several different versions of this type of book. A Grandparent's Book seems to provide the most complete picture of a person. You don't have to wait to be a grandparent or only give it to a grandparent. It works for parents, too. I have given it to my children's grandparents, and I am purchasing two for my husband and myself to complete for our children and grandchildren.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GIFT FOR PREGNANT DAUGHTER Sept. 25 1999
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When our daughter announced that she was pregnant and wanted us to document our family history, she handed us Milton Kamen's book...a fabulous workbook with intelligent questions and enough room for thoughtful answers....and we had a wonderful time answering these questions which brought back memories of things forgotten since childhood and of people not thought of for years. BUY THIS BOOK FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Information Overload Sept. 7 2007
By M. Fulmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I felt like this journal had too many questions. "Who were the teachers you didn't like," "Were you ever lost while traveling?" "Do you remember the first hotel you stayed in?" "What is the best restaurant you've eaten in while traveling?" "Have there been times when you questioned your religion?"

The book is 143 pages with an average of 3 questions per page. The grandfather book that I purchased was so much better. It was much more to the point and had questions that my parents could still answer. My mom doesn't remember which local political candidates she has supported and why. The questions are too much. The book seems more like an interrogation than a loving memory journal.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Move Aside, Dan Rather Oct. 28 2009
By hope beverly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I decided I wanted to give grandparent journals to the parents and in-laws for Christmas, and began reading the reviews for the many books. I have a rather comprehensive genealogy already done, so I wasn't too interested in getting the whole "family tree" aspect. Instead, I wanted insight into the person's childhood and adulthood, and perhaps some little personal nuggets that would really flesh them out for me, my kids, and generations to come.

At Any rate, I still couldn't figure out which one I wanted (sometimes those "look inside" things are just useless, showing copyright pages and blank sheets!), and of course the local book stores don't have all of them. I decided the only way I could decide which was right was to buy them all, look at them, and return the ones I didn't like as well. So, I bought Grandmother Remembers a Written Heirloom for My GrandchildA Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words, A Grandparent's Book, The Grandmother Book: A Book About You for Your Grandchild, Grandparents Journal, and Memories for My Grandchild. I'm planning to review them all as I make my decision.

A Grandparent's Book is hardcover, standard (not spiral) binding. I like the spiral bindings better for this kind of book, as the pages can lay flat to allow for writing easier. The paper is a lighter weight than the other books I've looked at, but it's still good quality, from what I can tell. The paper has a smooth, matte finish, so you would think it would accept all types of pens.

This is the first one of these books that I've seen which has family trees (his and hers) on the inside front and back covers. That's a kind of neat use of those usually wasted parts of the book. The book is designed for only one person to fill it out, but is also set up so that it can be given to either a grandmother or grandfather. If you want questions designed specifically for what would traditionally be a woman's role (eg some books ask for family recipes, or the latest fashion trend when she was growing up), then this probably isn't the book for you. This is written in the ask-a-question,-get-the-answer format (as opposed to the we-start-the-sentence-for-you,-you-finish-it style). Each page is set up with a question, then several lines to answer the question, then another question. Questions cover about half of each page; the bottom half of each page is a blank area for "notes". I'm not sure what the other reviewer was talking about to say it had "absolutely no space" to answer questions. While it doesn't allow for paragraphs of free flowing thought, it does allow for brief-ish answers. They put enough thought into it to allow small spaces for quick answers, and larger spaces for more involved questions. It covers a tremendous amount of ground in its 143 pages, leaving only 7 pages in the back as "memorabilia" pages, so if you want this to be more of a scrapbooking effort, then this is not the book for you. Questions are far-ranging from the mundane (in high school years, did you belong to any clubs, eg) to the thoughtful (eg, "who or what has been the most important help to you in your work?"). Just flipping through the book, looking at the questions, is rather exhausting, forget having to answer them all!

The inside is relatively spare. Other than the family trees being drawn as trees, there are no illustrations, photos or designs. Each chapter is heralded by one page with the chapter title. Each following page then uses about an inch of the top of the page to print "A Grandparent's Book" in flowing script, followed again by the chapter title. Perhaps they should have devoted that space to space for answering questions, instead of reminding grandparents what book they were looking at.

I appreciate the thoroughness of this book, and can't say that there's anything I actively dislike about this book. I just can't really say that there's anything I love about this book, either, when comparing it to the others I bought. I would probably put this book in the middle of the pack.
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