Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs

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Tommy is four years old, and he loves visiting the home of his grandmother, Nana Downstairs, and his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs. But one day Tommy's mother tells him Nana Upstairs won't be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle with saying good-bye to someone he loves. Updated with new, full-color illustrations, this classic story will continue to win the hearts of readers of all ages. "Children will want to hear this again and again." --School Library Journal, starred review "A quietly touching story ...
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Tommy is four years old, and he loves visiting the home of his grandmother, Nana Downstairs, and his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs. But one day Tommy's mother tells him Nana Upstairs won't be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle with saying good-bye to someone he loves. Updated with new, full-color illustrations, this classic story will continue to win the hearts of readers of all ages. "Children will want to hear this again and again." --School Library Journal, starred review "A quietly touching story Athat? depicts loving family relationships." --Publishers Weekly

Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Full-color pictures, newly created by the author 15 years after the book's original publication, add to this spirited true story based on dePaola's childhood memories of his grandmothers. Fans of his Newbery Honor book 26 Fairmount Avenue will recognize these winning matriarchs. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
As a young boy, Tomie loved to visit his grandmother and great-grandmother. They lived in the same house and he called them Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs. During his Sunday visits with his great-grandmother, he would eat mint candy and listen to her stories about the "Little People." When she napped so did he, and to him she was a beautiful and wonderful woman. Then she died, but for Tomie, she would always live in his memories. The same was true of his grandmother who died many years later when Tomie was grown up. It is a heartwarming but sad story about love among the generations and facing the reality that death is part of the cycle of life. It is a gentle approach that can help children and encourage them upon the loss of a relative to hold and cherish those memories of wonderful times together. 1998 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698118362
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Picture Puffin Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 134,366
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Posted October 4, 2009

      Touching subjects

      I got this book for my son because we call his great-grandmother NANA and because we lost his great-grandfather this past January. It really touched on different generations in family. And the death of those generations. I recommend this book to anyone who has delt or will be dealing with this situation. It helps explain grief.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 5, 2007

      I remember this book as a kid.

      This is kinda of sad, but for some reason I remember this book plain as day. It was one of my favorites.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 23, 2003

      Great to help a child cope and understand

      This book is one of the best that I have ever read. I loved it as a child and now I read it to my son who recently lost his great-grandmother. Highly recommended!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 13, 2003

      Excellent with helping a child understand the loss of a loved one!

      This book has helped for generations in my family. I am now buying more copies to share with my friends children. It is especially helpful with the loss of a grandparent. I still get emotional as I read it to my children.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 8, 2000

      Nana

      A wonderful book!!! I read this book as a child and now share it with my daughter. A great way to help your child cope with the loss of a loved one.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 18, 2000

      A Touching Book

      It touched my heart, because it was kinda sad. I liked it, but I almost cried when my teacher read it to my class. My favorite part was when the Nana upstairs was tied to the chair (so she would not fall out) and the boy wanted to be tied to his chair too. The drawings were nice, especially for my favorite part. The pictures made me laugh, though some were kind of sad.

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      Posted December 7, 2009

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