The Bottom Line
You Can Call Me Hoppa! is a fun book for grandparents-to-be. If you are looking for meaningful analysis of why we call grandparents the names we do, don't look here. If you just want a sampling of grandmother names and grandfather names, along with some touching stories about grandparents and grandchildren, this book is just the ticket. Attractively designed and printed, it would be perfect as a gift to announce, "Guess what! You're going to be a grandparent!"
- Attractive design
- Great stories
- Fills a definite need
- Not as thorough as possible
- 51 pages
- Retails for $24.95
Guide Review - You Can Call Me Hoppa!- Choosing Grandparent Names
Any grandparent who has ever struggled with choosing a grandparent name will enjoy You Can Call Me Hoppa! by Lauren Charpio. The book contains around three hundred grandparent names, but the main message is that grandparents should not feel restricted to the traditional names, but feel free to choose or develop a name that is uniquely their own. For example, one surfer grandfather opted for "Grand-dude."
Of course, grandchildren sometimes have something to say about what they will call their grandparents. One grandfather who had decided to be called "Pop Pop" ended up being called "Bop Bop," won over in part by the cute little dance his granddaughter would do when she said it.
One section deals with the names traditionally used by different cultures and nationalities. From the Hawaiian "Tutu-wahini" for a grandfather to the German "Grossmutter" for a grandmother, this section is rich in possibilities for those connected, however tenuously, to a particular culture. One new grandmother who used to be a French teacher chose the French term "Memere" just because she was such a fan of the language.
One more cool thing about this book is that a portion of the sales will go to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, based in Phoenix. As the author points out, the fondest dream of many parents and grandparents of autistic children is to hear their name spoken by their child.