One grandmother's story"": born in 1906, the youngest of four children in a comfortable but not wealthy British home, the narrator tells her granddaughter about significant events during her lifetime, several of them related to a piece of lace that has been treasured and reused. It had adorned her christening robe and wedding dress and her only child's cradle; finally, a remnant serves to trim a handkerchief that she gives her granddaughter at the story's end. The simple rhymed text and traditionally styled pen and watercolor illustrations convey, like John Goodall's books, a surprising amount of social history: details of interiors, costume, toys, pursuits, and aspirations. The tragedy of Granddad going off to war, never to return, during Mother's early childhood, is so muted that it's made clear only in the amplifying notes on the last page, which conclude by asking, ""What is the story of your Grandmother?"" Pleasant for a curious child to ponder and share with an adult.