STAYING WITH GRANDMOTHER by Barbara Baker

STAYING WITH GRANDMOTHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

After Clair's parents kiss her good-bye, she feels sad; but she shares a hug with Grandmother (who looks sad, too) and goes upstairs to put her things in her mother's old room before helping to set the table (the macaroni ""is good. But I like the way my mother makes it better""). The quiet narrative, with dialogue limited to rather formal exchanges in the beginning, nicely evokes the feelings of a thoughtful child who's not quite familiar enough with her grandmother to be at ease in her home. Still, as Schachner's sensitively limned illustrations suggest, Grandmother may be reticent but she does understand how Clair feels. After supper, she introduces her to her ""special friend"" Jennifer, Clair's age; later, she reads to Clair from her mother's copy of Alice in Wonderland and finds her her mother's treasured toy ""White Rabbit"" to take to bed. A well-crafted story, gently suffused with affection.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1994
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Dutton