Our Grandparents: A Global Album


Grandpa, Bibi, Yeye and Grann . . .

This striking album captures the intergenerational relationships between children and grandparents around the world. The brief text and striking photographs bring their joy and affection into focus.

Includes a touching foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Grandpa, Bibi, Yeye and Grann . . .

This striking album captures the intergenerational relationships between children and grandparents around the world. The brief text and striking photographs bring their joy and affection into focus.

Includes a touching foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Children from all over the world have more in common than they often realize. One shared element is the bond that children share with their grandparents. This book begins with two pages of the words "grandpa" and "grandma" written in many different languages. The following page is a poignant forward from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In it he talks about the gift of grandchildren and the elder's role and responsibility in helping children bridge the present and the past. The balance of the book consists of a single sentence on each page that explains the special role of a grandparent, such as "Grandparents teach us what they know." The photographs that accompany each sentence are extraordinary. They feature kids from countries as varied as Japan, Greenland, Yemen, Pakistan, and Italy engaged in a one on one activity with a grandparent. The book concludes by listing five things that young readers can do with their grandparents, such as learn about their family. The text and the photographs are moving and this book is highly recommended, especially as a source for introducing children to other cultures and for valuing diversity. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In the foreword, Archbishop Desmond Tutu states the overall theme of the book—grandparents receive the gift of seeing the world, once again, through the eyes of children and have a responsibility to teach their grandchildren "Love. Compassion. Integrity. Perseverance." Clear, colorful photographs show the two generations engaged in a variety of activities and invite careful observation. The pictures are clearly labeled with the name of the families' countries and highlight common threads, e.g., "listening," in Tibet, India, Mexico, and USA. Spare text defines the actions represented. The book concludes with "Five Things to Do with Your Grandparents."—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Kirkus Reviews
In the foreword to this attractive photo collection of grandparents and their grandchildren, Bishop Desmond Tutu states: "We make sure that the wisdom of our ancestors is passed on to the next generation." Written in the voice of today's grandchildren, the simple sentences that form the body of the text accompany engaging photographs of the world's children sharing stories, celebrating holidays, feeling happy, safe and loved, and learning from one another. Sometimes wearing traditional clothing, sometimes dressed in contemporary wear, kids and their grandparents from Peru, China, the United States, Russia, Morocco, Kenya, Yemen and other countries smile out from the photographs. A few look serious, as a child points out something on the computer to a Japanese grandparent and a Pakistani grandparent reads a picture book to his young grandson. Some proceeds go to The Global Fund for Children, but the real contribution will be to further the relationships of the young and young-at-heart viewers of this book. Translations of "Grandma" and "Grandpa" in different languages and a map reinforce the international breadth of this charmer. (activities) (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914584
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 678,554
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. Sheila Kinkade is a writer and communications consultant who works to help nonprofit organizations tell their stories. She is the co-author of OUR GRANDPARENTS, among other books. Cynthia Pon worked for many years as the director of Global Fund for Children Books and is the co-author of several books, including FAITH, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and others.

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