Whether called abuelos and abuelas, Nanas and Papas, or by other names, and whether young or old, grandparents are a cause for celebration. The simple text is complemented by a montage of real-life photographs by Shelley Rotner that depict grandparents in all shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds. "Best of all," of course, "grandparents love their grandchildren." In an era when extended families often live far apart, the role of grandparents nevertheless remains important, whether they are passing on family histories or giving out presents. Younger readers particularly are likely to relate to the photographs of grandparents and grandchildren interacting at various levels together. The authors sensitively handle—but don't shy away from—the impact of advanced age and disability on grandparents' physical appearances and activity levels. 2001, Millbrook Press, $23.90. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Excellent color photographs show grandparents of different ages, ethnic groups, shapes, and sizes sharing happy times with grandchildren. The pictures are in a variety of sizes, attractively framed, and accompanied by one or two lines of very simple text on each page. The many settings and activities depicted in the illustrations include the beach, the playground, eating ice-cream cones, reading aloud, and hugging. A series of headshots emphasizes the relatives' individual charm, and another group of photos, their wide range of interests. The book points out that some grandparents are strong and some frail. A good choice for sharing.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.