When a teacher’s grandfather visits from China, her students—who represent various cultures—present pictures they drew of their grandpas and in short rhymes give the name they use for them and talk about what they “love to do.” The busy, full-page gouache and collage illustrations show the students and their grandpas engaging in a satisfying variety of activities. Wolff provides a similar sweet homage to grandmothers in I Call My Grandma Nana (2009) to be published simultaneously. The final page in each book lists the culture from which many of the terms originated. Although the fact that each child seems to have only one grandparent of that gender (except one lucky girl who has four grandmothers!) might perplex some children, both books would be delightful ways to encourage children to create images and poems about their relatives. Use with Me with You by Kristy Dempsey (2009), about a young bear and her loving grandfather, and Yum! Yuck! by Linda Sue Park (2005), which gives an introduction to cultures through words. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
, cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council.Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"A nice choice for school and home, these selections incorporate warmth, gentle humor, a variety of languages and a range of family groupings while they show some of the many things that a grandparent and grandchildren can do together."Review, San Francisco Chronicle:
"We meet an Italian called Nonno, a Russian called Dedushka, a Japanese called Oji-san and many more, including American ones called Grandpa and Pops. There's even a dinosaur-loving kid who calls his Grandpasaurus. Wolff uses painting and collage to create real-life scenes of grandfatherly fun. And she includes a list of international grandpa names at the back."