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GRANDMA LOVES YOU! by Helen Foster James


by Helen Foster James ; illustrated by Petra Brown

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: July 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-58536-836-5
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

The arrival of a new grandchild is joyously celebrated in this grandmotherly ode to their new life together.

Tenderhearted affection is displayed through the softly hued watercolors of furry, cuddly rabbits and is combined with gushing verse recited by one delighted grandmother bunny to her sweet and innocent grandbaby. “The moment I saw you, / I fell in love, / Honey, my bunny, / my sweet turtledove. // Wiggling and giggling, / you captured my heart. / I loved you so much, dear, / right from the start.” Love at first sight deepens as the pages turn, becoming that special relationship of mutual devotion unique to a grandmother and grandchild. While this displays no shortage of greeting-card syrup in its sentiment, its gentleness will make for nice initial read-aloud sessions for the intended audience and an appropriately thoughtful gift from any new grandma to grandchild (as blank lines for inscription, a “special letter” to the grandchild and a picture of grandmother and grandchild attest).

An unabashedly idealized but nevertheless wholehearted hymn to grandmotherhood (Picture book. 2-4)