I Call My Grandma Nana

Overview

Do you sew with your Abuelita, look at the stars with your MeMaw, or ride waves at the beach with your Bubbe? No matter what name you call your grandma, one thing is for sure: it's always fun to spend time with the one you love--who loves you right back.

Ashley Wolff's musical text and colorful collage artwork pay tribute to the special bond between children and their grandmothers.

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Overview

Do you sew with your Abuelita, look at the stars with your MeMaw, or ride waves at the beach with your Bubbe? No matter what name you call your grandma, one thing is for sure: it's always fun to spend time with the one you love--who loves you right back.

Ashley Wolff's musical text and colorful collage artwork pay tribute to the special bond between children and their grandmothers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council.

Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"A nice choice for school and home, these selections incorporate warmth, gentle humor, a variety of languages and a range of family groupings while they show some of the many things that a grandparent and grandchildren can do together."

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
When the teacher's Chinese grandmother visits her class, the teacher asks each student to draw a picture of his or her grandmother, explain what they like to do together and what "grandma" is called. Students in this multicultural classroom share names from other languages as well as their own creative terms of endearment. Colorful collage illustrations with interesting details show a child and grandmother engaged in an activity. Some are seen indoors folding paper cranes, sewing, cooking, and playing with a wooden train set. Others are outdoors engaged in bird-watching, swimming, watching the stars, and planting a garden. One child has a substitute grandmother next door because her own grandmother lives so far away. Another child has four grandmothers. Interesting details in the illustrations will engage the young listener. The rhyming text reflects the celebratory mood. What is especially nice about this is that it is not just a listing of names but it also shows the individuality of grandmothers and their interests. The inside back cover includes "Some Grandmother Names from around the World" and there is a second list of some of the author's favorite names. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Miss May's grandmother is visiting from China, and her pupils share their pictures and stories about their grandparents. In rhymed, four-line verses, the children tell what they call their Grandpa or Grandma and describe something they enjoy doing together. "My Babu runs the library./He can check out any book/and when he gets the new ones/he lets me have first look." Both titles open with the same introduction of the teacher introducing a grandparent to a multiethnic group of students. In each book, various children say a few words about their abuelo, nonno, ojii-san, bubbe, or nana. The texts are accompanied by colorful gouache and collage illustrations that are well suited to sharing with groups. An author's note gives more information on the origins of the names. These books can be used for intergenerational storytimes and for adding a bit of multiculturalism to family-studies units.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Miss May's grandmother has come for a school visit, which leads to discussion of how all grandmas have stories-and different names, depending on their backgrounds. A short, cheerful rhyme for each grandmother introduces what she is called by her grandchild, along with a bit about what the two do together. Colorful gouacheandcollage pictures show the members of the multicultural class with grandmothers, honorary grandmothers and stepgrandmothers of different ages, races and ethnicities participating in activities from baking and going to work to canoeing and gardening. Includes a list of names for grandmothers used in the book and throughout the world, and a place in the initial pages for the book's readers to draw or paste a picture and fill in the blank with a grandmother's name. I Call My Grandpa Papa (9781582462523) follows the same format. A nice choice for school and home, these selections incorporate warmth, gentle humor, a variety of languages and a range of family groupings while they show some of the many things that grandparent and grandchildren can do together. (Picture book. 37)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582462516
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 462,024
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

There seems to be no thrill like becoming a grandmother. ASHLEY WOLFF knows so many joyful, energetic, and downright hip Nanas, Abuelitas, and Grandmas that she had to write a book to celebrate how special each one is. Ashley has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books including Baby Beluga, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, When Lucy Goes Out Walking, The Wild Little Horse, and Mama's Milk. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Sabin, and border collie, Lucy. Ashley hopes that someday her two sons will make her a Granny, too.
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"My grandmother from China is visiting today.
Class, please welcome Nai-Nai,"
said Miss Alexandra May.

"Our Grandmas all have stories--
no two are just the same.
They have so much to teach us and deserve their special names.
Will you please tell Nai-Nai about these pictures that you drew of you and all your grandmas and what you love to do?"

Rosie said, "Let me go first!
In this picture that I drew,
I'm paddling with my Grammy
in our brand-new, red canoe."

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