With Love, Grandma
by Helen Foster James
Every grandma knows that her love for her grandchildren can span great distances! So when Grandma heads out on an adventure of her own, she stays in touch with her grandchild through a series of sweet letters and memories. Grandchild follows Grandma through her notes until Grandma finally returns home--and opens up Camp Grandma for a visit full of fun, grandma snuggles, and games. This tender story from the author and illustrator team behind Grandma Loves You! proves that a grandma's love knows no bounds.
- Dewey: [E]
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585369423): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 07/15/2018
- PDF (9781534103160): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 07/15/2018
- Hosted ebook (9781534103313): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 07/15/2018
- Subject: Language Arts
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 7
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Lexile® Measure: 570
- Guided Reading Level: L
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes) (JUV013000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational (JUV013030)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Travel (JUV068000)
School Library Journal -With Love, Grandma
Reviewed on 1 February 2019
The active hedgehog grandmother in this story surely gets around! In a series of summertime vacation letters written to her grandson from May to June, Grandmother enumerates one exciting activity after another—from hiking and kayaking to discovering bookstores. At the conclusion, readers will see the youngster running to visit Grandma who has returned back home and is opening her arms wide under a sign that says, “Welcome to Camp Grandma.” Children will relate to familiar situations where they may have gone to stay with a grandparent or other relative. Appended are simple, almost wordless directions for making s’mores and a paper pirate hat, allowing young ones feel successful by reading and following on their own. Capitalizing on cuteness, Brown’s pastel-hued watercolor artwork fills the spreads and is suitable for sharing one-on-one or with a group. The cheerfulness of both characters brings a delightful tale to the intended audience. VERDICT Another winner where books by the author are popular.
Kirkus Review - With Love, Grandma
Reviewed on 15 June 2018
A hedgehog grandmother takes a monthlong vacation with friends while continually staying in touch with her beloved grandchild through a volume of correspondence. Taking a break from the usual routine of “Camp Grandma,” this active grandparent embarks on an adventurous excursion enjoying the woods, hiking, participating in painting classes, kayaking, visiting the beach, and even finding a “super bookstore.” Taking time out for herself is important, but Grandma continually thinks of her little one and relays a series of endearing messages in letters and postcards that arrive almost daily in her grandchild’s mailbox. Each begins with a term of endearment for the child and a line or two about what new experience Grandma is enjoying, always linking it to something the two, elder and youngster, did together in the past or will do once again when “Camp Grandma” resumes. “Dear Doodlebug, I took a painting lesson outside today,” leads to the assurance that “We’ll paint together at CAMP GRANDMA. Let’s walk to the park and paint whatever we see.” Although it is chronological, the story is not linear, asking readers to glean it from the specifics of each letter or note. Soft pencil and delicate watercolors show an engaging, vigorous grandmother enjoying her outings with smiling fellow forest animals while complementary scenes lovingly portray her memories of days spent with her grandchild. Should encourage dialogic reading and discussion—and hugs.
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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