Grandma Comes to Stayby Ifeoma Onyefulu
In Grandma Comes to Stay, three-year-old Stephanie helps her mother tidy up, go shopping at the market, and cook in preparation for Grandma's stay. When she arrives, Grandma gives Stephanie a box of pencils and reads her favorite book. The next day she shows Stephanie how to tie a head-dress, and Stephanie shows Grandma how to kick a ball, play with dolls,/i>… See more details below
In Grandma Comes to Stay, three-year-old Stephanie helps her mother tidy up, go shopping at the market, and cook in preparation for Grandma's stay. When she arrives, Grandma gives Stephanie a box of pencils and reads her favorite book. The next day she shows Stephanie how to tie a head-dress, and Stephanie shows Grandma how to kick a ball, play with dolls, and bang a drum. At bedtime Grandma tells her a wonderful story, and when Grandma leaves the next morning Stephanie says, "Come back soon, Grandma!" Written and photographed by an award-winning author, this is a uniquely heartwarming book to share with all young children.
Onyefulu, a photo-essayist who has introduced young children to Nigeria in titles such as A is for Africa (1993), shifts her attention to Ghana. Her latest simple books focus on contemporary life, a welcome theme in books for this age. Stephanie is only three, but she shows her visiting Grandma that she can do many things--kick a soccer ball, count and play a traditional drum. Grandma shows Stephanie how to put on a Ghanaian wrapper and head scarf, takes her to see a festival with adult drummers and tells her a folktale about a magic drum. The text is short but choppy, and the photographs are not as striking as in earlier books. They seem more ordinary, but this is what she is trying to accomplish--to demonstrate the universality of growing-up experiences. Another book in the series, Deron Goes to Nursery School (ISBN: 978-1-84507-864-5), chronicles a little boy's first day at nursery school. The materials for building the school, the outdoor paintings and the sleeping mats may be a little different, but everyone will recognize the day's routines. Useful if not very exciting. (Informational picture book. 3-5)
Meet the Author
Ifeoma Onyefulu was raised in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. A is for Africa, her first book, has become a classic title in the genre of cultural diversity. Ifeoma has twice won the Children's Africana Book Award: Best Book for Young Children in the USA: Here Comes our Bride won in 2005 and Ikenna Goes to Nigeria in 2008. Ifeoma lives in London with her two sons. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are African Christmas, Chidi Only Likes Blue, Chinye, Deron Goes to Nursery School, Ebele's Favourite, Emeka's Gift, The Girl Who Married a Ghost, Grandma Comes to Stay, My Grandfather is a Magician, New Shoes for Helen, One Big Family, Saying Goodbye and A Triangle for Adaora.
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