Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Grandma’s Gloves

Written By: Cecil Castellucci
Illustrated By: Julia Denos

Grandma’s Gloves

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Summary:
When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about how a little girl learns about death when her grandmother passes away and learns about a way to keep her memory alive by continuing to do something they enjoyed doing together.

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Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

By: Anna Dewdney

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Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

Summary: On an overnight visit to Gram and Grandpa, Llama Llama realizes he forgot Fuzzy LLama.

Rating: 3 ***

Another book in the llama llama series. Dewdney does a great job controlling the rhyme by using fragmented sentences. An interesting story. The little llama forgets to bring his stuffy. The grandparents try to keep him busy, but he keeps going back to the stuffy being gone. In the end the grandparents save the day. The last page is a little confusing, showing maybe he doesn’t need the stuffy after all?

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Tea with Grandpa

By: Barney Saltzberg

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Tea with Grandpa

Summary: No matter how far apart they are, a little girl and her grandfather share a cup of tea every day at half past three.

Rating: 3 ***

A sweet rhyming book, but there’s not much of a plot.

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Nana in the City

By: Lauren Castillo
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Nana in the City

Summary:
A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet story about how grandparents’ can have a special bond with their grandchildren and help influence how they see the world and that sometimes the simplest idea, such as putting on a red cape, is all a child needs to help build confidence. That, and lots of love.

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Hana Hashimoto, sixth violin

Written By: Chieri Uegaki
Illustrated By: Qin Leng

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Summary:
Hana decides to play violin in the school talent show, but when the show day arrives, Hana is overcome with nerves until she recalls her grandfather’s encouraging words, and shows the audience how beautiful music can take many forms.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet story about a girl inspired by her grandfather who lives on the other side of the world.

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I Wanna Go Home

Written By: Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrated By: David Catrow

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I Wanna Go Home

Summary:
Through a series of letters, Alex tries to convince his parents that he should not be staying with his grandparents while they are away, but slowly comes to realize that he can have fun, even at Happy Hills Retirement Community.

Rating: 5 *****

A good story for kids who are anxious about staying with Grandparents.

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When a Grandpa Says “I Love You”

Written By: Douglas Wood
Illustarted By: Jennifer A. Bell

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When a Grandpa Says “I Love You”

Summary:
Explores some of the many and varied ways a grandfather can express his love, even without saying the words, such as by sharing his coin collection, holding hands when crossing the street, and attending tea parties.

Rating: 4 ****

Covers the special bond between grand kids and their Grandpas.

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