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Visit to Oma

Visit to Oma

by Marisabina Russo

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Every Sunday Celeste visits her great-grandmother Oma, who lives with the girl's aunt and uncle. Oma is a tiny, white-haired woman in a black dress and pearls who speaks only one word of English, ``Come!'' Then she regales her great-granddaughter with lively, albeit incomprehensible, tales to which Celeste makes up her own scenarios. On this particular day, Celeste concocts an elaborate story of an unhappy marriage in which Oma disgraces herself by escaping from her oafish husband on their wedding night. After the divorce, a poor but personable traveling salesman falls in love with her and becomes Celeste's great-grandfather. A winning idea and certainly typical of a girl's fertile, romantic imagination, the premise seems a little beyond the experience of the likely audience for this book. But the loving closeness between old and young family members will be warmly satisfying to all age levels. Full-page illustrations face elegantly framed, small blocks of short sentences in large, clear print, and have a decorative, charm reminiscent of Vera Williams's paintings; pure colors and intricate patterns lend excitement and variety. Celeste's imagined tale, in which Oma is a slender, brown-haired beauty, is given a European setting, while the current happenings take place in a comfortable city apartment. --Patricia Pearl, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 10.23(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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