Grandmother Pig is coming to visit, and Amanda and Oliver plan all the wonderful things they will do together. The difference between the imagined visit and real one forms the crux of these five gentle, warmly realistic, and perceptive intergenerational stories. Beginning readers and their parents are sure to identify with these smiling, sulking, hugging, very human piggy-children. When Grandmother loses her glasses, refuses to sit on the floor to play with blocks, and objects to noise, Amanda says, ""Grandmother is no fun."" And Oliver adds, ""Maybe she should go back to her house. We can't be quiet for a whole week."" ""Try,"" says mother. The skeptical pigs do try--and discover that Grandmother has her own quiet strength and charm as she helps them cope with thunder and lightning, provides a special story and hug to banish nightmares, and allows them to help make breakfast. When it is time for her to leave, both piglets and Grandmother express real regret, and begin to plan a return visit. Softly colored illustrations are rich in detail, warmth, and humor. A pleasure to read and share.