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"From the intimacy of one family to the rich diversity of all kinds of people, this exuberant picture book celebrates grandmothers, and it does so without earnest messages or reverential role models . . . Grannies can be glamorous, cuddly, vain, or outrageous. . . . This is what family values is all about." -- Booklist, starred review

While grannies come in all shapes and sizes "our granny" is unique.

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"From the intimacy of one family to the rich diversity of all kinds of people, this exuberant picture book celebrates grandmothers, and it does so without earnest messages or reverential role models . . . Grannies can be glamorous, cuddly, vain, or outrageous. . . . This is what family values is all about." -- Booklist, starred review

While grannies come in all shapes and sizes "our granny" is unique.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Australian duo Wild and Vivas The Very Best of Friends ; Let the Celebrations Begin! work their own special blend of magic in this affectionate ode to grandmothers of all sizes and hues. Here, a boy and a girl tell about grannies in general and their own in particular, from the way grannies dress--whether in ``jeans and sneakers,'' ``silky dresses'' or ``baggy underwear''--to what they do ``fix the plumbing,'' ``march in demonstrations,'' ``play in a band''. These are grannies for the '90s, active, vigorous women whose lives dispel traditional beliefs about aging. Wild's prose packs a punch ``Our granny does special exercises to make her bottom smaller'' and, as always, Vivas's watercolors are brimming with humanity. There are no hard edges in the world she conjures; the grannies are real, flesh-and-blood women whose soft, rounded shapes speak of hugs and laughter and love. It's a splendid collaboration and an especially fine tool for sparking preschool and early-elementary discussions about families. Ages 4-7. Mar.
Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gilson
Grannies come in different sizes and shapes but all are conveyed with a warm fuzzy feeling. Grandparents and grandchildren will love sharing the humor and discussing differences together when reading this picture book together. "Some grannies have . . . thin legs, fat knees, bristly chins, interesting hair, crinkly eyes, friendly smiles or big soft laps. Our granny has a wobbly bottom," is only one of the funny passages delightfully illustrated in a story that celebrates grandmothers. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-``Some grannies live in...apartments, big old houses, old people's homes, little rooms in the city, trailers.... Our granny lives with us in our house.'' Grandmotherly characteristics interesting hair, crinkly eyes, friendly smiles; clothing blue jeans, silky dresses, big bras, high heels; occupations driving a truck, plumbing, working in an office; and ways of kissing big sloppy ones, none at all are catalogued. Eight to ten possibilities alternate with the comfortable, one-sentence statements of two children about their own relative. The lists are varied enough to stimulate the imagination and, combined with the return to a personal point of view, avoid the dullness often found in repetitive formats. The text is large and clear. Vivas's translucent watercolor figures, surrounded by ample white space, spread over the pages and emphasize shape and movement. The perspectives are interesting-Granny marching in a demonstration is seen from above; there is a closeup of the heads and shoulders of three pursed-lipped grandmothers, one kissing the cheek of a delighted toddler. A variety of women-black, white, hip, punk, and traditional-are depicted with warmth and humor, yet all have a lumpy, rounded, saggy-baggy appearance. An affectionate book that affirms the endless diversity of people, life styles, and families.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Hazel Rochman
From the intimacy of one family to the rich diversity of all kinds of people, this exuberant picture book celebrates grandmothers, and it does so without earnest messages or reverential role models. Wild's simple physical words and Vivas' dancing watercolor figures individualize all kinds of grannies from one small child's point of view. Grannies can be glamorous, cuddly, vain, or outrageous. Some have funky hair, or fat knees, or bristly chins. Some grannies wear jeans, silky dresses, baggy underwear, or high heels. What prevents the book from being just a series of examples is not only the rhythm of the telling and the personality of the characters in words and pictures, but also the unifying story of the one toddler's granny. Some grannies babysit, drive trucks, fix the plumbing, go to college--"our granny marches in demonstrations." Some grannies have husbands some have had lots of them, best friends, cats--"our grandpa is dead, but our granny often thinks about him." In one uproarious picture, granny is at her exercise class for her "wobbly bottom," the same bottom that the toddler loves to clutch. As in Wild and Vivas' "The Nativity" 1988, the pictures both extend the words and focus them, full of surprise and warmth and laughter. This is what family values is all about.
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"Slim or overflowing, Vivas's grannies are all delectably comical and rendered with a keen eye, a matchless sense of design, and a generous affection for all humanity." Kirkus Reviews

"An affectionate book that affirms the endless diversity of people, lifestyles, and families." School Library Journal, Starred

"From the intimacy of one family to the rich diversity of all kinds of people, this exuberant picture book celebrates grandmothers, and it does so without earnest messages or reverential role models . . . Grannies can be glamorous, cuddly, vain, or outrageous. . . . This is what family values is all about." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395670231
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.53 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIE VIVAS is illustrator of I Went Walking, Let's Go Visiting, the Mem Fox classics Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and Possum Magic, and several other picture book titles. She lives in Australia.

Margaret Wild is a children's book editor as well as an acclaimed writer for children. She currently lives in Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    I have bought this book for many of my new- Granny friends. The content describes Grandmothers in a humorous, yet loving way. The wonderful drawings of Grandmothers are hilarious and endearing to both children and adults. I find myself giggling each time I reread my copy. The only downside is that Our Granny's husband is mentioned towards the end as being deceased. This could be a little disconcerting for any grandchildren who have the book read to them.

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