My Two Grannies

My Two Grannies

by Margaret Chamberlain, Floella Benjamin
     
 

Alvina has two grannies who she loves with all her heart. Grannie Vero is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Grannie Rose is from the north of England. When Alvina's parents go away on holiday, both the grannies move in to Alvina's house to look after her. But the two grannies want to do different things, eat different food, play different games and tell

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Alvina has two grannies who she loves with all her heart. Grannie Vero is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Grannie Rose is from the north of England. When Alvina's parents go away on holiday, both the grannies move in to Alvina's house to look after her. But the two grannies want to do different things, eat different food, play different games and tell different stories. The grannies get crosser and crosser with each other, but Alvina thinks of a way they can do all the things their own way so the grannies can become the best of friends.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Alvina, whose mother is black and father is white, has two grannies who love her dearly: Granny Vero, born on Trinidad, and Granny Rose, born in Yorkshire. The child enjoys spending time with them, especially listening to their stories of their childhoods. While the grannies have completely different personalities, they have one thing in common-a love of dance and music-brass bands in Granny Rose's case, and calypso and steel drums in Granny Vero's. For their 10th wedding anniversary, Alvina's parents decide to take a holiday trip and a conflict arises over who will look after the girl in their absence. It is decided that both grannies can stay at Alvina's home, but they don't agree on anything and everyone is miserable. Ultimately, their granddaughter comes up with the perfect solution. Chamberlain's humorous cartoons are full of bright, vivid colors and often spill across two pages. This simple offering, similar in tone and subject matter to Emily Arnold McCully's Grandmas Trick-or-Treat (2001), The Grandma Mix-Up (1988), and Grandmas at Bat (1993, all HarperCollins), is a little didactic, but fun nonetheless. Children will understand the rivalry between the grannies and empathize with Alvina's dilemma.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Kirkus Reviews
Alvina loves her two grandmothers more than anything. Granny Vero is from Trinidad and tells Alvina about her childhood in the sun. Together, she and Alvina dance along to Calypso music. Granny Rose is from Yorkshire and has stories about riding donkeys on the English coast. When she plays brass-band music for Alvina, they dance, too. When Alvina's parents decide to go on vacation, Granny Vero and Granny Rose both want to take care of Alvina, who settles the situation by suggesting they all stay at her house. The visit looks to become something of a battle royal as each granny tries to take over, but some clever negotiating on Alvina's part and cooperation from the grannies saves the day. After all, despite their differences, they have a lot in common-each loves her granddaughter very much. Alvina is a spunky, biracial heroine whom readers will enjoy and appreciate. Chamberlain's bright, childlike illustrations capture all three worlds and add a gently humorous touch. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847800343
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
367,853
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

MARGARET CHAMBERLAIN is a well-respected illustrator of children's books. She lives in Dorset. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Has Anyone Seen Jack?, Look Out He's Behind You, Tales from Grimm, My Two Grannies and My Two Grandads.

Floella Benjamin Obe is an iconic children's television presenter, producer, actress, and author who for over 30 years has dedicated her life to making children happy and campaigning for their well-being. She has written over 20 books including Skip Across the Ocean, My Two Grannies, and My Two Grandads, for Frances Lincoln, as well as her acclaimed two-part autobiography, Coming To England, which was made into a film for BBC TV in 2003, and The Arms of Britannia, of which the Daily Telegraph said, "Few other books are as enlightening - or as important - as this one."

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