Drawn Together (Giveaway)

Disney Hyperion sent me a copy of DRAWN TOGETHER to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway… read on for more details!

My grandfather gifted me with so many wonderful moments and memories.  One of the greatest life skills he taught me was how to swim.

I was so lucky to have grandparents who retired to Florida and to be able to visit them in the summertime.  The very first problem I encountered, though – I was eight years old, surrounded by water I wanted to play in but had no idea how to swim!   With a lot of love and patience, my grandfather taught me the skills and even had me diving off the diving board of their pool by the end of my first visit.

Drawn Together (Giveaway)

For a young girl, this shared love of water and swimming gave my grandfather and I a special bond that I still cherish.  It also helped boost my confidence and instill a life-long love of water sports.  The first thing I did when my children were old enough to learn was pass this knowledge onto them, teaching them to swim and my daughter has already continued the tradition.

The second I read DRAWN TOGETHER, memories of time spent with my grandfather flooded back and I pulled out my photo albums to help relive some of the moments.  It is incredible how sharing a love of an activity can bring people together in a lasting way.  When I was eight, I didn’t exactly speak “grandparent” language or enjoy the same things, but the our mutual love of water and his ability to share his life skills with me, gifted my grandfather and I with a very special bond that transcended any barriers we may have had.

DRAWN TOGETHER is a lovely and loving book about a young boy who finds an amazing commonality with his grandfather than brings them together in a magical way.

The book is beautifully illustrated and a joy to share with your loved ones.  I’m looking forward to sharing it with my granddaughter, who happens to share my love of arts and crafts.  The universal message of transcending barriers to make connections with others is one we all need to take to heart.

Available in stores now, DRAWN TOGETHER a book you will cherish and one that will fill you with joy!

Drawn Together (Giveaway)

About DRAWN TOGETHER

Author Minh Lê and Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat join forces in a heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson as they learn to overcome their language barrier through a shared love of art and storytelling.

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens—with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words. With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picture book about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.

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About the Author of DRAWN TOGETHER

Minh Lê is a writer but, like his grandfather, is a man of few words. He is a national early childhood policy expert, author of Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas), and has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. A first-generation Vietnamese-American, he went to Dartmouth College and has a master’s in education from Harvard University. Outside of spending time with his beautiful wife and sons in their home near Washington, DC, Minh’s favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book. Visit Minh online at minhlebooks.com or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks.

Minh Lê’s debut, Let Me Finish!, received critical acclaim, and this new picture book once again demonstrates his sensitivity to readers and mastery of the form.

About the Illustrator of DRAWN TOGETHER

Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as The Cookie Fiasco, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of pets. Visit him at dantat.com.

Dan Santat’s illustrations are robust, vibrant, and packed with emotion, a perfect match for Minh Lê’s poignant, and ultimately cheerful, story. Learn about the Drawn Together art process from Dan Santat himself!

DRAWN TOGETHER Giveaway!

Thanks to our partnership with Disney Hyperion, one (1) Rural Mom reader will win a DRAWN TOGETHER Prize Pack that includes:

  • Copy of Drawn Together
  • plus a $50 Visa gift card to put towards a day with someone you love!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

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Do you share a common interest with your grandparents or grandchildren?

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    • willgriesmer
    • June 23, 2018
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    My grandma and I like to play board games.

    • Elena
    • June 23, 2018
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    I loved to play chess with my grandpa

    • Fiona N
    • June 23, 2018
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    I loved to play Chinese chess with my grandma. I miss her so much now!!

    • Calvin
    • June 23, 2018
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    I playing cards with them my grandma

    • Kristen
    • June 24, 2018
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    Yes, we both love to travel.

    • Danielle Hammelef
    • June 24, 2018
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    I never had grandparents in my life due to illness taking taking them before I was born. The closest I got were the parents of my mom’s best friend who opened up their home to me and let me swim in their pool. I was honored to have the dad at my wedding and to give the blessing before the meal.

    • Kelly D
    • June 24, 2018
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    The common interests I shared with my grandmother were baking and crafting.

    • Amanda B.
    • June 24, 2018
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    My favorite activity has always been playing cards or baking with my grandparents.

    • Amanda B.
    • June 24, 2018
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    I’ve always played cards and baked with my grandparents.

    • Kenia P
    • June 25, 2018
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    I love baking with my grandma.

    • Stephanie Crane
    • June 25, 2018
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    I always wondered where I got the love of lighthouses, until I realized my grandma’s house is full of lighthouse knick knacks!

    • Beth
    • June 25, 2018
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    My grandma and I like to decorate cookies together.

    • Nicole Zerbini
    • June 25, 2018
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    My grandma and I love putting puzzles together. It’s something we’ve done together my entire life.

    • Rachel
    • June 25, 2018
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    I like doing puzzles with my grandma.

    • Eric V.
    • June 25, 2018
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    I’ve always played cards with my grandma.

    • Kim Henrichs
    • June 25, 2018
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    My Grandma and I loved to bake and garden together!

  1. doing word puzzles

    • shelly peterson
    • June 25, 2018
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    I loved baking with my grandmother and also with my grandsons.

    • linda lansford
    • June 25, 2018
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    We enjoy gaming

    • Abigail Gibson
    • June 25, 2018
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    My grandmother and I used to love walking on trails within the local parks.

    • JoAnna
    • June 26, 2018
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    I miss my grandmother so much! She and I had tons in common. We had a blast even when we were doing nothing. 🙂

    • Cynthia Conley
    • June 26, 2018
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    I don’t have grandchildren, but my great-nieces and I love cooking together.

    • Adrienne Gordon
    • June 26, 2018
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    I never knew my grandparents.

    • jalapenomamamn
    • June 26, 2018
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    The grand kids and I all love swimming – great fun & exercise.
    thank you

    • April
    • June 26, 2018
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    We love to play cards!

    • Tammy
    • June 26, 2018
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    Rummy,my nana and I would play for hours!!

    • McKim
    • June 26, 2018
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    My grandson loves to read as I do.

  2. Reply

    My grandma and I love baking 🙂

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    • Margaret Smith
    • June 26, 2018
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    We love to read and we love animals.

    • Ann Fantom
    • June 26, 2018
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    I shared an interest in the moon and solar system with my grandmother

    • Steph
    • June 26, 2018
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    I liked to watch football and baseball with my grandpa.

    • Dana
    • June 26, 2018
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    My grandmother loved to cook for a crowd and so do I. My other grandmother loved to laugh and I do as well.

    • Deborah Wellenstein
    • June 26, 2018
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    Yes, we all like movies.

    • Nickie
    • June 26, 2018
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    Yes, we both like movies

    • Natalie
    • June 26, 2018
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    My grandma and I love to bake! She taught me most of what I know in the kitchen.

    • paige chandler
    • June 26, 2018
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    Yes we all like music

  3. Reply

    Yes my granddaughter and I are both left handed and we love eating fruit.

    • Alexandra Y
    • June 26, 2018
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    We like to play card games.

    • Virginia
    • June 26, 2018
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    We like to play minute to win it style games.

    • kathy Persons
    • June 26, 2018
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    My grams lived with us the whole time I was growing up., She holds a special place in my heart

    • Christina Gould
    • June 26, 2018
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    My grandfather was especially interested in American history, as am I. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Anne Higgins
    • June 26, 2018
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    Our grandchildren appreciate us playing cars, LEGOS, board games, teaching them cards or even as simple as a jig saw puzzle. They like that we are active in their lives and we like it as well.

    • Brianna Kreif
    • June 26, 2018
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    They loved traveling and I hope to do as much as they did someday!

    • Jessica W.
    • June 26, 2018
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    We liked games like cards and dominoes.

    • barbg
    • June 26, 2018
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    I shared a love of country music with my grandpa.

  4. Reply

    I never had grandparents as both sets died before I was born but I did have a couple who were like my nana and pop and I didn’t know the difference. I loved going to their house and playing in their magical garden.

    • beth shepherd
    • June 26, 2018
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    I like doing word searches just like my granny! Thank you

    • frank
    • June 27, 2018
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    I don’t.thank you.

    • Tandi Cortez
    • June 27, 2018
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    My grandmother and I like playing card games and dominoes.

    • Linda Everson
    • June 27, 2018
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    My grandma loved to garden and so do I.

    • Ken Christensen
    • June 27, 2018
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    Card games are always a common interest for all of us

    • Amy Welling
    • June 27, 2018
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    My Grandma and I both love to read , mysteries thrillers , etc!!

    • Jennifer B
    • June 27, 2018
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    Yes! Reading and playing board games and cards. Makes for great fun bonding time!

    • Luna S
    • June 27, 2018
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    My Great Grandma and I both love birds and reading.

    • Jillian Too
    • June 27, 2018
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    I love playing cards with my grandmother.

    • Kelly Kimmell
    • June 27, 2018
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    I used to enjoy cooking with my grandmother! She was a great cook.

    • Emily R.
    • June 27, 2018
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    My gramdmother loved to shop for bargains. She took me to yard sales as a kid. I now love bargain hunting.

    • Ashley C
    • June 27, 2018
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    Sadly, I never had any common interests with my grandparents

    • Wendy R.
    • June 27, 2018
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    My grandparents are now gone, but yes, I shared a lot with them. When I was a tween I had this family newsletter I put together on a typewriter and my grandpa loved it. No grandchildren for me yet!

    • Denise M
    • June 28, 2018
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    I did for sure when they were around. We loved to shop, play cards, do puzzles and watch movies

    • Alma London
    • June 28, 2018
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    Oh yes many common interests like swimming and cooking delicious food.

    • Emily Smith
    • June 29, 2018
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    I share the love of baking with one of my grandmothers and the love of crafts with the other.

    • Krystal Pena
    • June 29, 2018
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    Yes I do my grandmother and I love going to famers markets and yard sales.

  5. Reply

    common interest with my grandmother is jewelry and baking.

    • Rivka K
    • June 29, 2018
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    My grandmother and I are both avid puzzle fans.

    • Ashley B
    • June 30, 2018
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    I don’t, personally. My kids share a lot of common interests with theirs’ though!

    • Elizabeth Miller
    • June 30, 2018
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    I was always close to my grandparents who are now deceased. I love to color and write and draw and read with my granddaughter.

    • Michelle C
    • June 30, 2018
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    Yes, I shared common intrests with both of my grandmothers! I treasure the memories of the time we spent together!

    • jenny
    • June 30, 2018
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    Garage sales is our favorite thing to do together! My grandmother is in her 90s and will still garage sale every weekend, haggle with anyone and find great deals!

    • Susan Christy
    • June 30, 2018
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    I always loved cooking and baking with my grandmother.

  6. Reply

    My grandma and I both liked to play Bejeweled on facebook!

    • Tom Bellamy
    • July 2, 2018
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    My grandchildren and I love sports.

  7. Reply

    Me and my Grandma love music.

    • Sarah s
    • July 2, 2018
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    We have liked playing cards and putting jigsaw puzzles together.

    • angela h.
    • July 3, 2018
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    I play with playing cards with grandma and mom.

    • Jenny Q.
    • July 3, 2018
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    My grandmother loved baking and I do as well.

    • Michel
    • July 3, 2018
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    Our love for history

    • Lisa
    • July 3, 2018
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    We shared a love of music.

    • Susan Smith
    • July 3, 2018
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    My favorite activity has always been playing games or baking with my grandma..

  8. Reply

    i enjoyed sewing with my grandma when i was a child.

    • Kathy D
    • July 3, 2018
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    i loved going to yard sales with my grandma who would buy things to give to women who didnt have any items to bring there babies home from the hospital in

  9. Reply

    My grandma and I like to cook

  10. I loved cooking and baking with my grandma! Always a good bonding time!

    • Ellie Wright
    • July 4, 2018
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    I share a love for baseball with my grandsons.

    • Rosanne
    • July 4, 2018
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    My twin grandchildren are a lot like my husband and I in personality temperment’s interests-more than like their parents. My oldest granddaughter and I share an interest in the medical field. I am a nurse and she is an EMT.

    • Janine
    • July 4, 2018
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    I used to cook with my grandmother

    • Daniel M
    • July 4, 2018
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    we both like cars

  11. I always enjoyed baking with my grandparents. My girls love reading with their grandmother <3

    • Robin
    • July 4, 2018
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    I like to go hiking with my grandson.

    • Daniel Scott
    • July 5, 2018
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    My granddad and I loved to work on classic cars.

    • jennifer barr
    • July 5, 2018
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    My gramma and i loved to play cards.

  12. My grandparents like pottery

  13. my grandmother likes potter and i do

  14. we both like pottery

    • Kimberly Hilbert
    • July 5, 2018
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    My grandfather and I liked to count money, especially pennies. It was a game for him to get me to count and then he’d ‘buy’ them off from me with 10% interest.

    • DENISE W
    • July 5, 2018
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    My grandma and I both enjoyed cooking and reading. Art, too.

  15. Reply

    My grandparents died when I was younger. I do enjoy watching my grandson full-time while my daughter works. We have a lot of fun together. What would I ever do without him?

    • mizztara71
    • July 5, 2018
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    I help my grandmother work crossword puzzles and we listen to old blues tapes on the weekend.
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    • Brenda Robinson
    • July 5, 2018
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    My grandson love playing with his tablet and so do I.

    • Ed
    • July 5, 2018
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    Grandma and I used to love paczki!

    • Frances Watson
    • July 5, 2018
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    my grandparents died a long time ago but im looking foward to sharing memories with my grandchild

  16. Reply

    We all like to play games together.

  17. Reply

    My grandparents were far too old by the time I came around, but my children were VERY close with their grandparents and I hope to be to my grandkids.
    Thank you.

    • Jason W
    • July 5, 2018
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    Yes. Both of us love to read.

    • Kelly G
    • July 5, 2018
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    My grandparents are the one who got me interested in the NFL.

    • Michelle H.
    • July 5, 2018
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    My grandkids are young. Some of them like Star Wars like I do.

    • Kyl Neusch
    • July 5, 2018
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    Yes, we both love to travel.

    • laurie emerson
    • July 5, 2018
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    Yes, we both love to read, play card games and take long walks.

    • Leela
    • July 6, 2018
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    We all like to cook and bake.

    • Shakeia Rieux
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandma and I love going to the movies.

    • Carolyn Daley
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandma and I used to play progressive rummy until she started losing her eye sight a couple of years ago. She can still see but not very well. We still like to watch Hallmark movies together.

    • Janice B
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandmother and I loved going to Broadway shows and dinner together. Those were great times together. Unfortunately she died many years ago but I really miss those times.

    • Kerry P
    • July 6, 2018
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    When my Poppop was around, we loved to listen to Frank Sinatra! The other common ground was he loved making me happy!

    • kathypease
    • July 6, 2018
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    Yes my granddaughter and I love makeup..I always let her put a little on and she calls it her pretty pretties 🙂

    • mami2jcn
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandmother and I both like to read.

  18. Reply

    My grandmothers liked to bake, I do too.

    • Susan Climan
    • July 6, 2018
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    My son and his grandparents love to cook and bake together.

    • clynsg
    • July 6, 2018
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    One of my grandsons has a real interest in history, as do I.

    • Shauntea Crutcher
    • July 6, 2018
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    I could always be myself around my granddad.

  19. Reply

    My granddaughter and I like watching the same type of movies and series on netflix. My grandson and I like to ride bikes together.

    • Rosey
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandma and I shared the common interest of photos and crochet. My granddaughter and I share the common interest of the beach. 🙂

    • mary c
    • July 6, 2018
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    My Grandma, mother, and I used to play Scrabble together!

    • Jennifer H.
    • July 6, 2018
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    Yes, I paint too!

    • John H.
    • July 6, 2018
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    I would say like to play cards and John Wayne.

    • Philip Lawrence
    • July 6, 2018
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    I had a common interest with my grandparents which was we loved to travel to foreign ports of interest.

  20. Reply

    common interest is we love GOD and being christians thanks for the chance

    • Peggy Rydzewski
    • July 6, 2018
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    Yes I made it a goal to connect with every grandchild. One going to the movies is our thing while playing cards is another.

    • Bryan E.
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandfather and I share a love of photography, and of 19th Century Irish History.

  21. Reply

    I like Photography, and the subject stems up and down my family tree to grandparents and grandchildren.

    • Julieh
    • July 6, 2018
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    Our family loves to play card games and board games together.

    • Trisha McKee
    • July 6, 2018
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    When my gram was alive, we liked playing Scrabble together. She was big on board games.

    • Buddy Garrett
    • July 6, 2018
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    We share a love of history.

    • Sand
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandma and I both love perfume!

    • Breanne
    • July 6, 2018
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    My grandma and I both liked baking.

    • Amanda Whitley
    • July 6, 2018
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    i share the love of puzzles and card games like my nana

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    Currently, I’m working with my grandpa on a book he’s writing, so that’s something we’re connecting on this year.

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