Illustrated by the author
2009, Tricycle Press
Rating: Well, I have to say I love it!
Endpapers: front, brown “bag” paper, with a large name tag that says underneath: I call my Grandma ________________ and everyone can see/ that I love spending time with her/ and she loves being with me.
Back cover: a list of grandmother names from around the world (again, on the brownish paper bag-looking background)
“My grandmother from China
Is visiting today.
Class, please welcome Nai-Nai,”
Said Miss Alexandra May.
The story, in lovely rhyme and rhythm, goes on to have each of many kids introduce their grandmothers and tell what they call them:
“Abuelita is my Grandma.
She’s teaching me to sew.
The doll we’re making
Looks like me---
Blue dress, black braid,
“My Mamie likes the hummingbirds.
I always look for jays.
I carry her binoculars
On our bird-watching days.”
(I love this one, my kids called their paternal grandmother, my mother-in-law, Mamie…)
In all, fourteen children tell about their grandmother in a four-lined quatrain. What a great model for a writing lesson!
This is the second Ashley Wolff book I’ve read in as many days. It’s time to check her out a little more thoroughly. I know I’ve read her books before, but it’s time to really examine her retinue! Ashley Wolff lives in San Francisco, California.