Granpa is an award winning, short children’s film adapted from a John Burningham book. The film is less plot oriented and more impression driven. The film revolves around a little girl who seemingly lives with her grandfather. The story tracks their relationship across seasons, as Granpa and the girl delight in one another’s company and the rich fantasy life they share. Quite late in the story, Granpa begins to decline and die. Despite the ending, the film remains buoyant and dreamy and the brief sadness gives way to renewed joy at the presence of grandpa’s subtle spirit. This was a great book to introduce my son to the concept of death and remembrance in a non-threatening and comforting way.

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