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BANJO GRANNY by Sarah Martin Busse

BANJO GRANNY

By Sarah Martin Busse (Author) , Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Author) , Barry Root (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-33603-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

When Owen’s distant Granny hears that he’s a baby who goes “wiggly, jiggly, all-around giggly, and tip over tumble for bluegrass music,” she just has to pack up her banjo and go dance with him. This is the tale of her journey, which is just as much fun as the music. At each obstacle she encounters, her banjo playing magically transforms the landscape and allows her to continue on her way to Owen’s home in the city. Among other things, she tames a wild river into a quiet creek that she can row across. As Granny gets closer, readers see Owen getting ready for her (the birds update him on Granny’s progress). It is easy to see the influence of Mary Poppins in Root’s earth-toned illustrations, which perfectly capture the feisty bluegrass grandma and her rustic woodsy cabin. Includes music, chords and lyrics to “Owen’s Song” and a short note on the beginnings of bluegrass. While less imaginative kids will be left wondering why Granny didn’t hop a plane or drive her car, most will find her modes of transportation delightful and inspirational. (Picture book. 4-8)