Project Description

Daniel and His Walking Stick

by Wendy McCormick
illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

Jesse’s grandfathers have both passed away, but she’ll never forget the magical summer she spends walking in the country with Daniel―her third grandfather.

Jesse knows her two grandfathers only through the stories her parents share. One died before she was born; the other lived long enough to visit her when she was a baby.

When Jesse and her parents spend two weeks in the country, she is drawn to Daniel, an old man who carries a walking stick. Together, Jesse and Daniel hike through the woods, cross streams, and ascend hills. When Jesse returns to the city with her parents, she has her own walking stick and vivid stories and sweet memories of the summer she spent with her third grandfather.

In soothing, lyrical language, Wendy McCormick offers young readers a satisfying, evocative story that pays tribute to the power of stories to create bonds of enduring love that transcend familial ties. Illustrator Constance R. Bergum’s soft, delicate watercolors capture the gentle tone of the story and bring the endearing characters to life.

This book is out of print

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-330-6
Total Pages: 32
Size: 11 x 8 1/2
Language: English

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 85030
AR Reading Level: 3
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: L
F&P Grade: 2


“This sweet, gentle book tells the story of how a young girl gains a grandfather… Written from a child’s point of view, the narrative is believably tender and explores the special bond between the two. Bergum’s transparent watercolor paintings are soft and colorful, and vividly portray the nature scenes.” —School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Wendy McCormick is the author of several children’s books, including Daniel and His Walking Stick and The Night You Were Born. She received a degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin and currently works at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnesota.

Meet the Illustrator

Constance R. Bergum has illustrated several children’s books. She holds an MFA in illustration from Marywood University and lives in Montana.