Just finished reading the book “Sun & Spoon” by Kevin Henkes. The hero of the book is a sentimental boy named Spoon. Spoon’s grandmother had been dead for two months, and he realized that he wanted something special of hers to keep because he was afraid of forgetting her. He took it as an important yet secret project. He thought and thought, but came out no idea. He then went to Pa’s house and searched and searched while helping Pa clean out the garage.
He was sad to see all the ways in which Pa had changed since Gram’s death – he seemed more bony and pale, his eyes were often pink rimmed and watery, and he tended to be distracted and seemed to be focused on something far far way or on nothing at all. Pa used to wiggle ears with Spoon, but he wouldn’t do that any longer. Gram, Pa, and Spoon used to play triple solitaire any chance they could get, but Pa declined Spoon’s suggestion to play double solitaire. Despite all the changes, Pa still kept a supply of root beer especially for Spoon in the basement refrigerator, and the jar of Coffee Nips on the kitchen counter never emptied. They were small things, but they were reassuring.
Spoon looked through the sun collection of Gram’s in the dining room. The suns hung all around, orbiting the table like colorful planets in some fantastic solar system. The four walls were covered with suns fashioned from different materials – wood, clay, plaster, metal. Taking one of Gram’s suns was an obvious choice of Spoon’s project solution. But each one was too important in its own way, too substantial a thing to take without permission. After thinking and thinking, something flashed in his mind – the deck of cards with suns of Gram’s was precisely what he had been searching for. He also used a notebook to record his memories of Gram, and observations or descriptions or details about her.
However, he overheard that Pa had been looking for the Gram’s deck of sun cards for several days. Those cards were a kind of solace to Pa during night when Pa couldn’t fall to sleep. Spoon’s heart seized up, his heartbeat quickened, his face tensed, and he plunged into grief because of taking the cards without permission. Spoon managed to put the cards back where they were originally were. Pa found the cards reappeared and took the whole thing as a sign from Gram. But Spoon confessed to Pa that it was him who took the cards. Pa gave Spoon a photograph of Gram’s when she was a young girl and a hand tracing paper with letters “M is always for Martha (Gram’s given name).” And he saw the letter M in his and his sister Joanie’s hands, and he knew that he had a part of Gram that would stay with him forever. At the end of book, Spoon and Pa played double solitaire by turns with Gram’s sun cards.
I like the way the author depicted the characters of Spoon and his sister Joanie. Spoon is very sentimental and emotional, while Joanie is very sunny, flicky and foregiving.
Here is a very good book review from internet.