Anyway, the old man on the cover of this book drew me right in. I knew from reading the blurb on the back that the story would have some sadness, so I got a box of tissues and found a snuggly place to read all by myself.
Billy is even older than my Dad would be. He no longer works on the farm, but he lives there with his family, including his young grandson, Jake. Jake and Billy are the "kindred should" from the title. That means they are alike in the way they think about the world and the way they express their feelings.
The story gives a look at the relationship between Jake, who is only ten, and his 90 year old grandfather. I liked reading about their long walks and conversations. And, when a dog called Lucy shows up, she just adds to the relationship (even though sometimes Jake was a little jealous).
In the story, the whole family works together to do something nice for Billy. It turns out, it was something nice for the whole family, too.
There is some sadness in the book (and, yes, I cried) but there is mostly beauty - the beauty of seeing into the relationship of two kindred souls.
This short book can be found in the REALISTIC FICTION section of our classroom library.