Grandma Loves You!
by Helen Foster James
The birth of a baby is an opportunity for celebration far beyond the anticipation of the new parents. There are happy aunts and uncles, and, of course, delighted grandparents who can’t wait to meet the newborn. In Grandma Loves You!, Grandma Bunny joyously welcomes the new arrival. In warm and tender rhyme, long-awaited introductions are made. Grandma’s touching endearments reflect the sentiments of anyone who has welcomed a new member of the family. Brought to life in enchanting woodland scenes that seem to echo Grandma’s joy, Grandma Loves You! will be a treasured gift from generation to generation, celebrating one of life’s most important moments and relationships.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585368365): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2013, 07/01/2013
- Boardbook (9781585363735): 18 pages, 6 (w) x 6 (h), © 2017, 02/15/2017
- PDF (9781627530385): 32 pages, © 2013, 07/01/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627536042): 32 pages, © 2014, 09/01/2013
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 2
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 0
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby (JUV013040)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational (JUV013030)
School Library Journal Reviews "Grandma Loves You!"
Reviewed on 1 July 2013
While it is a truism that nothing beats the love of a grandparent for a grandchild, it is usually something that children themselves take for granted. This book, clearly aimed at the grandparent market, ensures that this love is front and center. Using simple rhymes, a grandmother rabbit celebrates her love and affection for her baby’s baby in a slightly over-the-top paean to the little bunny. The lush, full-color pastel watercolors feature cozy scenes focusing on the anthropomorphized family members and are framed by flowers, butterflies, and fields of green. The last three pages have spaces for a child’s name, photos, and a letter from the grandma to her grandchild, making this more of a gift book than a library purchase.
Kirkus Reviews "Grandma Loves You!"
Reviewed on 1 June 2013
The arrival of a new grandchild is joyously celebrated in this grandmotherly ode to their new life together.
Tenderhearted affection is displayed through the softly hued watercolors of furry, cuddly rabbits and is combined with gushing verse recited by one delighted grandmother bunny to her sweet and innocent grandbaby. “The moment I saw you, / I fell in love, / Honey, my bunny, / my sweet turtledove. // Wiggling and giggling, / you captured my heart. / I loved you so much, dear, / right from the start.” Love at first sight deepens as the pages turn, becoming that special relationship of mutual devotion unique to a grandmother and grandchild. While this displays no shortage of greeting-card syrup in its sentiment, its gentleness will make for nice initial read-aloud sessions for the intended audience and an appropriately thoughtful gift from any new grandma to grandchild (as blank lines for inscription, a “special letter” to the grandchild and a picture of grandmother and grandchild attest).
An unabashedly idealized but nevertheless wholehearted hymn to grandmotherhood.
Author: Helen Foster James
Helen Foster James has been an educator for more than twenty years, and is now a lecturer at San Diego State University. She received her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. One of her goals is to travel to all 50 states, and she has already visited more than half. She lives in San Diego, California, with big stacks of children’s books and her husband Bob.
Illustrator: Petra Brown
Petra Brown has been a children’s book illustrator since 2006 when her first picture book If Big Can…I Can, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Best Emerging Illustrator. Since then she has been illustrating for a range of publishers in the United Kingdom and abroad. Petra comments, “I love drawing animals with human expressions. I find it such fun creating, for example, a thoughtful fox, a happy hippo, a shy sheep, or a caring bear! The other thing I like is creating landscapes, places where my characters can run about and have adventures. Living in a magnificent place like Snowdonia helps a great deal.” Petra lives with her partner in Wales.
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