NANA UPSTAIRS AND NANA DOWNSTAIRS by Tomie De Paola

NANA UPSTAIRS AND NANA DOWNSTAIRS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little boy's Sunday visits to his grandmother (Nana Downstairs, who ""always seemed to be standing by the big black stove in the kitchen"") and great grandmother (who ""was always in bed upstairs because she was ninety-four years old"") are recalled with low keyed affection in simple words and subdued pink and beige pictures. After the great grandmother dies, Tommy sees a falling star which his mother says is ""perhaps a kiss from Nana Upstairs,"" and later when Tommy grows up and the other Nana dies he sees ""another star fall gently through the sky."" Particulars such as Tommy and Nana Upstairs chatting and eating candy while tied to their chairs (Nana so she won't fall out, Tommy just for fun) help to vivify the memories and modulate the mood.

Pub Date: July 6th, 1973
Publisher: Putnam