When Charlotte the Great comes to visit, Li’l Man becomes a wonderful child. He opens the doors for her. He changes his clothes into the last items he can remember her giving him. He digs out old homework to share with her and he loves her.
Recently, from his room came the book All About Grandmas by Roni Schotter, illustrated by Janice Nadeau. He’s been reading it since it arrived. Together, Li’l Man and his Great Grandma Charlotte sat at the kitchen table and read the book together.
From the sink I could hear the enthusiasm as they viewed the adorable illustrations. The dishes went a lot faster with the rhyming and cadence of this book.
As they read, the story took on a life of its own. Charlotte the Great was naming names of people Li’l Man could “take on loan” if he hadn’t had a grandma of his very own!
They talked about what all the grandmas in the book had in common, a love and wisdom they have to share!
Li’l Man listened and made comments about the different shapes and sizes of his Grandmas. One is TALL, one is very SHORT and one he hasn’t met!
Together Charlotte the Great and Li’l Man talked about the different jobs his grandmas have had and their hobbies. All love to garden and cook. One had a career, one was a supervisor and one owns a restaurant.
They talked about the different names grandmas can have. He knew children who called their grandmas something aside from Grandma and Charlotte the Great shared she called hers “Granny””.
Roni Schotter captures all the grandmas in this rhyming celebration of the modern Grandma. From the nagging Grandmas and the bragging Grandmas to the cooking Grandmothers and the good-looking Grandmothers. For children who don’t have a Grandma to call their own, this book suggests you find one on loan. And when you’ve found the one you call Grandma, act grown up and wise; tell her you to love her, it’s there in your eyes.
This book was perfect for reading that day, it would be a delightful gift for Mother’s Day and for Li’l Man it is a reminder that he and his Great Grandma share something very special together.
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