Happy (Belated) Mother's Day!!
|Back in the day... We used to choreograph dances |
for my mom's gifts. Little did she know...we had
costumes on under those nightgowns!
|Me and Grandma McCullough (Mom's mom)|
|Me and Grandma Howe (Dad's mom)|
So in honor of Mother's Day, and yes...it is a little late, I am sharing two grandmother books with you!
Abuela, written by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Elisa Kleven, tells of the adventures of a little girl and her Abuela, abuela is Spanish for grandmother. As she and her grandmother walk throughout the city we get a glimpse into their special relationship. The illustrations are a patchwork of brightly colored images that remind me of my own grandmother's quilts. As the girl and her grandmother walk through gardens they take off in the girl's imagination and fly through the city. They speak mostly Spanish together but the story is told from the girl's perspective, in English. Abuela reminds me a lot of Tar Beach by Faith Ringold. This is a beautiful book to share with your own grandmother.
|An illustration from Abuela|
My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls is a book I've been carrying around for awhile. In this book a little girl spends the day with her Nana. They have a tea party, dance around, play hide-and-seek...y'know, stuff you do with your grandmother. The words and illustrations seem to dance along with the story. The water-based paints Johnson uses also give the story a magical touch. At the end, everybody gets tucked in and rests after a long day.