With Love from Grandma

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As a grandmother knits an afghan for her granddaughter, she knits strong ties with the girl, too. A very special story of bonding between the generations, based on author Harriet Ziefert’s own life.

Sarah’s grandmother loves to knit, and from her needles emerge hats and gloves, mittens and socks, sweaters and scarves, all to keep her children and grandchildren warm. Now it’s Sarah’s turn to get something extra-special: a big, beautiful afghan, made from wool Sarah has chosen ...

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Overview

As a grandmother knits an afghan for her granddaughter, she knits strong ties with the girl, too. A very special story of bonding between the generations, based on author Harriet Ziefert’s own life.

Sarah’s grandmother loves to knit, and from her needles emerge hats and gloves, mittens and socks, sweaters and scarves, all to keep her children and grandchildren warm. Now it’s Sarah’s turn to get something extra-special: a big, beautiful afghan, made from wool Sarah has chosen herself. Something that large takes time, however. Summer turns to fall, school begins, Halloween comes, then Thanksgiving. Finally, Grandma announces she’s coming to visit—with the afghan. Sarah’s wait is almost over. But there’s still one thing left to do...

Harriet Ziefert still owns the afghan, knitted by her own grandmother, that inspired this loving tale.

Deborah Kogan Ray is an award-winning author and artist. She is the illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book I Have a Sister, My Sister Is Deaf, by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, and won the Drexel Citation from Drexel University.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this reissue of a story in a story, grandma tells Katie the origin of the warm afghan she puts on Katie's bed on a cold snowy night. One summer when grandma was a little girl, she visited her own grandma who began knitting a colorful afghan. Katie's grandma helped pick out the colors and carefully watched the progress of the afghan. When the knitting was finished, the whole family joined in to sew it together. Now Katie has the afghan and will one day pass it on to her own children. Reminiscent of Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt, the book conveys the power with which an object made with love can connect and bond the generations of a family. The rich colors in the illustrations mimic the colors in the afghan itself, and the facial similarities between the generations of family members are reflected in the family photographs on a table, and in the round faces of Katie and her relatives. The end papers show a variety of intricate crochet stitches. Appealing small details like the 1950's hood ornament on the car and the old fashioned telephone reflect the earlier time period. This warm and loving story will strike a familiar cord with legions of afghan-making grandmas out there. I know my children have one of them. 2004 (orig. 1989), Sterling Publishing, Ages 4 to 8.
—Quinby Frank
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Sarah's grandmother decides to knit Sarah an afghan. Together they go to the yarn shop, pick out the colors, and carry the heavy bags of yarn home. Finally, the afghan is completed, and when Sarah sleeps under it for the first time, she notices the words, ``With Love from Grandma'' and the date embroidered in the corner. This is a warm story of a special relationship between grandparent and grandchild, but it also shows readers the process of making a knitted afghan from start to finish. Based on an actual childhood experience, Ziefert's quiet text conveys an appropriate sense of remembrance. Ray's full-color illustrations picture a cozy, comfortable, urban environment and reinforce the love and warmth expressed in the story. Small pictures show the progress of the afghan. However, the completed afghan has a star design on it that is neither shown in earlier pictures, nor mentioned in the text. This is a bit disconcerting, but not enough to detract seriously from a charming book. --Jane Gardner Connor, formerly at South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402717031
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 551,605
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert
Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Liz Murphy was born and raised in England and attended the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Montclair, New Jersey. Liz has illustrated four other picture books for Blue Apple.

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