Tasmanian watercolorist and author Rosemary Mastnak turns a simple story line into an engaging book. A granddaughter comes to stay with her grandparents. Each day the grandmother and granddaughter cook up a new dish and a new adventure. Mastnak is responsible for the equally delightful Adventures With Grandpa and Dancing With Grandma.
Finally, a book which celebrates the grandparent-grandchild relationship with humor and wit, rather than with sentimentality. Lively text by Sally Lloyd-Jones is combined with clever animal art by Michael Emberley to create a book that you'll never tire of reading to your grandchildren.
Grandma Tillie looks like a mild-mannered granny with a bag full of knitting, but when she arrives to babysit Sophie and Chloe, she brings some crazy alter egos with her. The grandkids will love meeting Tillie Vanilly, Chef Silly Tillie and Madame Frilly Tillie. Laurie A. Jacobs' text is imaginatively illustrated by Anne Jewett.
Comedian Billy Crystal is the author of this charming book, written when he was expecting his first grandchild. It's sweet but not syrupy, with a touch of his trademark humor. It's a great gift for grandparents-to-be and a good book to read to grandchildren as it easily leads to a discussion of that special time before they were born. Soft pastels by Elizabeth Sayles enhance the storyline.
Through the minor difficulties of her day, a granddaughter finds blessed comfort in her grandmother's lap. Other family members offer to braid her hair and give her a piggyback ride, but only grandmother's lap is truly special. The lovely illustrations depict an African-American family, but the message is universal.
In a high-pressure world, the grandfather in this story takes time to go for slow walks with his grandson, really looking at the world. The artwork by Jan Ormerod is so wonderfully textured that you'll want to go along on their walks. This book will be especially appreciated by African-American families who sometimes have difficulty finding books with characters who look like them.
Little Critter and His Grandma go to the beach. As usual, Little Critter is involved in a series of minor mishaps, but with the wise guidance and tolerance of his grandmother, the outing is a success rather than a fiasco. As always with Mercer Mayer's books, the focus is on warm human relationships, relationships that cushion the characters when things go wrong.
12. Here We Go!
Grammie and the grandkids are doubtful when Papa says his special compass can take them all on a quest for lost treasure. Sure enough, they are whisked on a dramatic journey to New Zealand, Shanghai and other destinations before landing back in the Pa-Parents' backyard, along with a mischievous meerkat who has hitched a ride. Fascinating artwork by Victor Tavares makes the dab of cultural education go down smoothly. Here We Go is part of GrandCamp Adventure's suite of products for multi-generational bonding.