Grandmother's Chair

Grandmother's Chair

by Ann Herbert Scott, Meg K. Aubrey

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On a visit to her grandmother's house, four-year-old Katie learns that her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have something in common: all have owned the same small black-and-gold chair. A peek at the family photo album reveals other similarities too--the girls all liked to sing with their mothers, listen to their fathers' stories and gaze at the stars. Today the chair is Katie's, and someday, Katie's grandmother assures her, the chair will belong to Katie's own child. This low-key story transmits a gentle message about continuity and the ties of love that bind generations of families. The illustrations are adequate, though Aubrey's meticulous realism is curiously flat. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Using the family photo album as a beginning, Katie's grandmother recalls her daughter as a child, her own childhood, her daughter's younger years, and the things they all shared--a love of singing, stories, stargazing, and the small chair they have passed through the generations. Now the chair is to be given to Katie, who knows she will someday pass it to her daughter, who will also love singing, stories, and stargazing. Aubrey uses warm tones and solid structures to emphasize themes of family love and strong bonds. Her human figures, however, are so carefully posed that they appear stiff and remote. Many children will recognize the often-used photo album ploy, but some may be confused by the transition from the black-and-white photos to the full-color scenes depicting the past. As in her earlier books, Scott's narrative is straightforward and unadorned. Here, however, it seems to lack the immediacy and warmth her other books contain and that this story suggests. Amy Hest's The Midnight Eaters (Four Winds , 1989) conveys a grandmother/granddaughter relationship with more depth and poignancy. Still, this title will serve well where there is a demand for intergenerational family stories. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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