GRAMA'S HUG by Amy Nielander


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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With the support of her grandmother, a young girl strives for her astronaut dreams.

May and Grama, whom May lives with, are a team. On her first day of school, May is nervous and asks for more hugs, which get her through the transition. Through the seasons, they watch the birds together, and May wants to “soar just like them.” Together they craft bird wings and pretend they are flying, which sparks May’s interest in going to space. Each year May prepares for the Space Fair contest, and Grama is always eager to help. Each year May’s hard work pays off, eventually landing her the opportunity to be an astronaut. May seems ready to leave without looking back, but Grama hopes for one more hug. Nielander creates a lovely story focused on a girl in STEM and the family who supports her. The story holds meaning for both children and adults, reminding adults to cherish the little moments that are so special and also encouraging children to work toward their dreams. The illustrations add so much detail, such as the plans and testing of her different Space Fair projects. The interactions between May and Grama are sweet, and the emotions illustrated bring their relationship to life. May and Grama have beige skin, and May has black hair. There is diversity among the other people in the book.

Heartwarming and encouraging for both children and adults. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-62414-926-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Page Street
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2019