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Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

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A companion to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? and Papa, Do You Love Me?, this beautiful book captures the unique bond that exists between grandmother and grandchild. Set in Hawaii, the vibrant watercolor illustrations and lyrical text combine to capture the lush landscapes and unique traditions of Hawaiian culture, while at the same time conveying a universal message. Sure to be another instant classic.

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Overview

A companion to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? and Papa, Do You Love Me?, this beautiful book captures the unique bond that exists between grandmother and grandchild. Set in Hawaii, the vibrant watercolor illustrations and lyrical text combine to capture the lush landscapes and unique traditions of Hawaiian culture, while at the same time conveying a universal message. Sure to be another instant classic.

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PreS-Gr 2- Following the successful format of Mama, Do You Love Me? (1991) and Papa, Do You Love Me? (2005, both Chronicle), Joose and Lavallee once again blend universal family love with details of a specific culture. This time, a Hawaiian grandmother tells her granddaughter how beautiful and beloved she is. Lyrical text captures the lush landscapes and unique traditions of the island setting. Vibrant, stylized watercolor illustrations provide details and warmth. Traditional words like Tutu (grandma) and modern terms like talk-story (an informal conversation) are defined in clear terms. Illustrated instructions on how to make a sea turtle from string follow the glossary. This book will be a popular read-aloud or read-alone. A sweet story and lovely art.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

Kirkus Reviews
The very successful picture-book team of Joosse and Lavallee have previously explored mother love in Mama, Do You Love Me? (1991) and father love in Papa, Do You Love Me? (2005). They now visit grandmother love in this story of a Hawaiian grandmother and her granddaughter, Beautiful. Hawaiian words are sprinkled throughout the text with a glossary appended. (There's also a string game with instructions in the back of the book.) The now-familiar formula makes for a sweet offering that some may find endearing but many will deem cloying and sticky. The similes seem forced: Beautiful has "breath as sweet as breadfruit pudding" and skin as "soft as kappa cloth." And here Lavallee's signature style-splitting her characters' faces, with one-half light-skinned and the other dark-is somehow disturbing. Without the graceful symmetry of previous efforts, it's as if half a face is attached to a profile, with an ultimately confusing result. Die-hard fans of this team may appreciate the offering, but most will find it redundant and/or disconcerting. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811858151
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/26/2008
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara M. Joosse lives with a ferret, a crow, and a parakeet in a solar house in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Ms. Joosse has a degree in journalism, but since 1978 she has devoted her time and talents to writing for children. She is the author of 27 books for children, including Ghost Wings.

Barbara Lavallee's vibrant watercolor illustrations are well-known for their depictions of a wide range of Alaskan life. In 1975, she quit teaching to devote all her time to painting. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska. She has illustrated 13 children's books.

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