What Will You Be, Grandma?

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What can Lily?s grandma be when she grows up? An artist, someone that makes candy, a doctor, a fairy . . . so many possibilities!

Every child is asked what they would like to be when they grow up, but Lily decides to turn the tables by asking her grandma the same question! What answer will Grandma give? This enchanting book illustrates the touching bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

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Overview

What can Lily’s grandma be when she grows up? An artist, someone that makes candy, a doctor, a fairy . . . so many possibilities!

Every child is asked what they would like to be when they grow up, but Lily decides to turn the tables by asking her grandma the same question! What answer will Grandma give? This enchanting book illustrates the touching bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Assured by her granddaughter Lily that she “still has a long way to go,” Grandma is game to entertain a number of possibilities for her next act. “You could be a lady who goes to schools and says, ‘No more lessons today. Everyone go and play,’” writes British author/actress Newman in the voice of her young narrator. In fact, nothing is off the table as far as Lily is concerned; Grandma could even grow a pair of wings or cultivate “flowers that never die” and unpopular vegetables that taste like dessert. Clark fills out her watercolor and pencil fantasies with a passel of subsidiary characters and whimsical detailing (the patchwork pattern of Grandma’s wings is a nice touch). But a tableau prettiness prevails and keeps readers at arm’s length; the narrator’s imagination is in overdrive, but the book has the overall tone of a reverie. One thing is for sure, though: Clark’s portrayal of Grandma as a stylish, un-grayed woman of a certain age is sure to win her grownup fans. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Lily asks what her grandmother will be when she grows up. Grandma says most people think she's already grown up, but Lily feels Grandma has much growing up to do. Maybe she could go to schools and tell everybody to play instead of doing lessons. Or perhaps she could fly around the world on her newly grown wings and teach people to be kind to their pets. Grandma likes that idea. Maybe she could be an artist and paint rainbows or butterflies or possibly tigers on children's faces. Grandma could heal injured children with a magic kiss as she did when Lily fell. How about being a gardener who grows Brussels sprouts that taste like strawberry ice cream or chocolate cake cabbage? She could give out lollipops so kids can save their allowances. Lily thinks Grandma would be good as a birthday-party entertainer or an old fairy with a magic room-cleaning wand or do children's homework so they always get a star. But it turns out what Grandma is best at is being Grandma to her darling grandchild, Lily. What a sweet story this is and with charming illustrations. Bound to be a comfort to any little girl and her Grandma. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
Kirkus Reviews
Little Lily asks her beloved grandma, "What do you think you'll be when you grow up?" The conversation that results from this turnabout question is full of wonderful imaginings and earnest wishes that will enchant many young readers. As Lily dreams up possible vocations, Grandma always replies with a gentle response that is ever respectful of her granddaughter's suggestions. Perhaps Grandma could "grow wings and fly around the world…[o]r become an artist and paint rainbows on children's faces…[or] a gardener and grow flowers that never die," or even "a fairy with a magic wand who stops rooms from getting messy." While Newman paces the text with a steady flow of quiet yet enthusiastic dialogue, it is Chichester Clark's detailed illustrations in watercolor and pencil that truly shine. This grandma is not a stout gray-haired lady but a spunky, lithe, bespectacled brunette who happily takes part in every flight of fancy--sometimes decked out in feathers or looking quite fetching in everything from butterfly wings to a wizard hat--until it is time for bed. Young readers will take the cue from this slightly silly tale and enjoy coming up with their own ideas for what their grandparents or other family members might grow up to become. Ideal as a beginning exploration of fantasy or as a discussion starter about future careers. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763660994
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 484,853
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nanette Newman is a well-known actress who has appeared in many films, including The Raging Moon and The Stepford Wives. She is also a successful author who has written many books, including more than thirty children’s books.

Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Royal College of Art, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. She has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books and was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway medal in 1998.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    LOVE this story - lots of fun to read, with an emotional (for me

    LOVE this story - lots of fun to read, with an emotional (for me) and heartwarming ending. As a Grandma with my own Lilly as well as other grandchildren, it is a great, touching story with great illustrations.

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