All About Grandmas

All About Grandmas

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by Roni Schotter
     
 

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This jazzy ode to grandmas is just in time for Mother's Day

Today, there's no such thing as a typical grandma. They do different jobs and have different hobbies. But one thing common to all grandmas is the love and wisdom they have to share, and nothing says that better than this rhyming celebration of the modern grandma. From the jellying, jamming, and

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This jazzy ode to grandmas is just in time for Mother's Day

Today, there's no such thing as a typical grandma. They do different jobs and have different hobbies. But one thing common to all grandmas is the love and wisdom they have to share, and nothing says that better than this rhyming celebration of the modern grandma. From the jellying, jamming, and pickling grannies to the surprising number of tickling grannies, this stylishly illustrated book covers them all.

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"Children will enjoy cuddling on Granny's soft lap and listening to her read this book."—Children's Literature

"Warm and inclusive . . . this will appeal to youngsters who have a sweet spot for their grans."—School Library Journal

"This is a clever, buoyant look at many children's favorite relative."—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Grandmothers are special no matter whether they are called Granny or Ouma (Afrikaans) or Jaddah (Arabic) or Babushka (Russian) or Abuela (Spanish) or Seanmhathair (Gaelic). They can play games. They can read. They can cuddle or tickle or serve homemade preserves. Grandmas are sometimes so busy working they hardly have time for anything, except maybe hugs. Some of them dress up fancy and some like to fix or mend things. Though their faces may be wrinkly, their laps are comfy and their eyes show their love. Some people only have pretend grandmamas, but that's alright too. Love is love. Grandmothers come in different shapes and sizes; each one is special. This sweet story is a nice homage to grandmothers and the illustrations are cute. A picky point is the rhythm and rhymes are occasionally off. It is nice to read the names of what grandmothers are called in different cultures and languages. Children will enjoy cuddling on Granny's soft lap and listening to her read this book. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The honeycomb-patterned endpapers are a hint about the sweetness to come while an introductory explanation of how to say "grandma" around the world is a warm and inclusive touch. Grannies clad in "stylish heels" and some on "magic wheels" showcase the many adventures to be had with their playful grandchildren. The warm palette and the cheerful expressions are sure to appeal to readers. Older preschoolers, especially those with close relationships to their own nanas, may also find comfort in the familiar activities like reading, gardening, and snuggling. For the most part, the rhyme scheme reads like a cheerful tune, faltering only on the few treacly bits: "And when I need to know,/who she loves so,/I look in her eyes…." Shorter and more child-friendly variations of this theme abound, and readers may find titles like Todd Parr's The Grandma Book (Little, Brown, 2006) a more authentic representation of this exuberant and rewarding relationship. Still, as a read-aloud tradition for Grandparents Day, this one will appeal to youngsters who have a sweet spot for their grans.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A bouncy rhyme delivers a warm, light-hearted look at all kinds of grandmothers. Nadeau chooses cozy backgrounds in pale greens and peachy pinks to highlight the humorous antics, superior talents and loving gestures of these adoring ladies. Known as Savta or Abuela or Baba or Daa-dee-maa, these grandmas from all cultures gab on park benches, balance in yoga poses, ride bikes, knit, bake and go birding. Schotter also includes a flashback to what these wonderful women did when they were younger, whether it be dancing to rock and roll or marching for equal rights. There is also a touch of the stereotypical: "There are nagging grandmas and bragging grandmas, / some noisy, some purry. / But no matter the grandma, / they all seem to worry!" Yet "when I need to know, / who she loves so, / I look in her eyes…" The ultimate message is that grandmas most enjoy spending time with their beloved grandchildren--and that "just like we do, they need to know, / who it is that loves them so." This book has obvious uses as a discussion starter about family members and the roles they play. A glossary of Grandma in different languages at the beginning of the book is particularly helpful but would be more so if pronunciations were included. Pickiness aside, this is a clever, buoyant look at many children's favorite relative. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101643921
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Roni Schotter is the award-winning author of 28 books for children. She lives in a small village north of New York City with her husband and son.

Janice Nadeau (www.janicenadeau.com) has illustrated a number of Canadian books, and is a three-time recipient of the Governor General's Award for Illustration, Canada's most prestigious book prize. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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All about Grandmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
idemello More than 1 year ago
As a parent and educator I highly recommend All About Grandmas. The book presents a loving portrait of the varied roles grandmothers play in our lives. The wonderful, playful rhymes and descriptions express the exuberance and multitude of talents that grandmas possess. This is an excellent book for use in the schools or at home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago