I Am My Grandpa’s Enkelin

Author: Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Illustrator: Don Tate

Published: 2007

Publisher: Paraclete Press

This original tale is told by a granddaughter (Enkelin, in German), looking back in loving memory at all that her German-American grandpa taught her. Grandpa shows his precious Enkelin how to live well – and at the end of his life, he also shows her that death is not an end, but a new beginning. Children will be fascinated by life on the farm, from caring for horses to working together in the garden. Famed storyteller Walt Wangerin will delight readers once again with carefully detailed, beautifully woven prose.


“The writing is bright with sensory details, and the impressive, large-scale paintings illustrate the story with clarity, economy, and certainty of purpose. A quiet but rewarding picture book.” -Booklist