GRANDMA'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Helen Foster James

GRANDMA'S CHRISTMAS WISH

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 4
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A gray grandma bunny expresses her love for her little bunny grandbaby in this sweetly sentimental sequel to Grandma Loves You! (2013).

The short, gracefully rhyming text is written in first person from the grandma’s point of view, stating her love for her grandchild in different ways. Her Christmas wish is for nothing more than hugs and kisses from the little bunny, and of course the best Christmas present for a grandparent is the great gift of the grandchild’s mere existence. In the pictures, the kindhearted grandma helps the bunny put a star on the top of their tree, plays outside with the little one in the snow, and gives her grandchild a Christmas gift of a doll made from a pine cone and twigs. The text is playful and succinct, conveying emotion with just a few well-chosen words that will stand up to inevitable multiple rereadings. Soft-focus, detailed illustrations are filled with light in the rabbits’ cozy burrow and in snowy outdoor scenes with falling snowflakes or bright moonlight. The rabbits are utterly charming, with emotionally appealing faces expressing their joy in being together and their loving relationship. Concluding pages include space for a letter from grandmother to grandchild as well as a photo, which makes this more suitable for a gift purchase than for libraries.  

Perhaps a little too sweet in tone for some, but most grandmas would love to read this to a grandchild. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-58536-918-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2015




MORE BY HELEN FOSTER JAMES

ChildrenGRANDPA LOVES YOU! by Helen Foster James
by Helen Foster James
ChildrenGRANDMA LOVES YOU! by Helen Foster James
by Helen Foster James
ChildrenPAPER SON by Helen Foster James
by Helen Foster James

MORE BY PETRA BROWN

ChildrenGRANDPA LOVES YOU! by Helen Foster James
by Helen Foster James
ChildrenMARGUERITE'S FOUNTAIN by Rachel Elliot
by Rachel Elliot
ChildrenOLD MACDONALD by Petra Brown
by Petra Brown
ChildrenGRANDMA LOVES YOU! by Helen Foster James
by Helen Foster James

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBUNNY WISHES by Michaela Morgan
by Michaela Morgan
ChildrenGRANDMA CALLS ME BEAUTIFUL by Barbara M. Joosse
by Barbara M. Joosse
ChildrenSNOW BUNNY'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Rebecca Harry
by Rebecca Harry