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Grandma Francisca Remembers (What was it like Grandma?) Library Binding – December 24, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: What was it like Grandma?
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press; 1St Edition edition (December 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761323155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761323150
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,531,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grades 1-3--Clear, color photographs, headline-type captions over the text, and an engaging intergenerational relationship mark this book. Angelica's grandmother, Francisca, lives in the apartment next door to hers. This provides lots of opportunities for the two to be together. They go for walks, practice speaking Spanish, look at old family photos, sew, and cook. (Instructions for making a sock doll and for cooking calabacitas are included.) One spread shows Grandma Francisca and Angelica pointing to their small home shrine to the Virgin Mary. While many Hispanics are Roman Catholics, the author's statement that the Virgin "is very important to the Hispanic people" is rather broad. Despite this, the book provides an interesting look into one of America's many ethnic/cultural groups.
Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 1-3. Using a specific example to communicate broad cultural generalizations, Morris and photographer Linenthal follow young Angelica Morales and her abuela to many places they visit--from the Hispanic market to a housing project apartment kitchen. The text is printed in two sizes, with very simply phrased comments ("Many Hispanic-American people eat tortillas with all kinds of food"; "Grandma Francisca's family has always been religious") in large type printed above several sentences of elaboration in smaller type. Linenthal's photos and the older, sepia-tone family photos are posed yet informal, though sometimes a bit blurry. There's little sense of the diversity of Hispanic American culture in the book, but Morris slips in bits of Spanish, along with a recipe for vegetable stew (calabacitas) and instructions for making a sock doll. She closes with basic advice about interviewing older relatives and creating a photo album, which may prompt children, no matter what their heritage, to take an interest in their families' past. A competent entry in the What Was It Like, Grandma? series. John Peters
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More About the Author

Ann Morris's many books include Families, Bread Bread Bread, Hats Hats Hats, On the Go, and Loving. She lives in New York City. As a children's book writer, Ann Morris has been able to successfully integrate her varied experiences in teaching young children, travel, writing, and editing. Having grown up in the polyglot public schools of New York City, where each child's ethnic heritage was revealed by his name or by the contents of the lunch box from home filled with sausages, egg rolls, matzos, or pizza, she developed a strong Interest In cultures other than her own. "I'm a gypsy by nature," she says. "I always have my suitcase packed."
She and photographer Ken Heyman once traveled across the United States to document the lives often different families. Both she and the teacher's pupils liked the snake charmer/teacher who taught class in a circus trailer with her favorite boa around her neck. Although Ms. Morris has never tried this stunt he herself, she has taught children in public and private schools in New York City, and adults at Bank Street College, Columbia Teachers College, New York University, and Queens College of the City University of New York. More recently she has been teaching writing for children at The New School.
Ann Morris left teaching to become editorial director of Scholastic's early childhood department. Now she devotes her professional time to writing and all her other time to people watching, music in any and all Forms, cat care, cooking and eating, and travel. All of these experiences, she says, provide material for her books.
In Israel Ms. Morris was caught up in the enchantment of the place as well as the conflicts that are a consequence of its history. One of her books, When Will They Stop Fighting? (Atheneum), reflects her concern about children who have become the victims of these conflicts.

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By Victoria Warren on March 8, 2014
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I like the connections from yesterday to today with the generations. This offers examples that c an be employed today between garndparents and the child. The series is a fantastic cultural journey!
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