Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Great-Grandma's Gifts:
written by Marianne Jones    Illustrated by Karen Reinekka
Available on Amazon (see link at right)
And Split Tree Publishing (www.splittreepublishing.com)

Marianne Jones is a retired teacher from Ontario, Canada.  What I really enjoyed about this book is the way it helps children to realize that their grandparents and other people who are older than them, were young once too.  A fact that may escape their knowledge, as perhaps they are thinking that older ones have always been old.  But its important that we remember that this isn't the case.  And that everyone still has part of their young selves inside of them, no matter how old they are or how many granndchildren they have. This is the message I got from this story, which is based on someone in the author's life.  It follows a little girl named Arlene, who goes through life from girl to grandma with a passion for making gifts out of fabric and cloth.  This interest takes her all of the way into grandmotherhood, as she finds herself quite exhausted from a life of making things.  Please read this book today to someone who loves their grandma or great-grandma.


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