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My Two Grannies Hardcover – July 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845076435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845076436
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Alvina, whose mother is black and father is white, has two grannies who love her dearly: Granny Vero, born on Trinidad, and Granny Rose, born in Yorkshire. The child enjoys spending time with them, especially listening to their stories of their childhoods. While the grannies have completely different personalities, they have one thing in common—a love of dance and music—brass bands in Granny Rose's case, and calypso and steel drums in Granny Vero's. For their 10th wedding anniversary, Alvina's parents decide to take a holiday trip and a conflict arises over who will look after the girl in their absence. It is decided that both grannies can stay at Alvina's home, but they don't agree on anything and everyone is miserable. Ultimately, their granddaughter comes up with the perfect solution. Chamberlain's humorous cartoons are full of bright, vivid colors and often spill across two pages. This simple offering, similar in tone and subject matter to Emily Arnold McCully's Grandmas Trick-or-Treat (2001), The Grandma Mix-Up (1988), and Grandmas at Bat (1993, all HarperCollins), is a little didactic, but fun nonetheless. Children will understand the rivalry between the grannies and empathize with Alvina's dilemma.—Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Alvina loves her two grandmothers more than anything. Granny Vero is from Trinidad and tells Alvina about her childhood in the sun. Together, she and Alvina dance along to Calypso music. Granny Rose is from Yorkshire and has stories about riding donkeys on the English coast. When she plays brass-band music for Alvina, they dance, too. When Alvina's parents decide to go on vacation, Granny Vero and Granny Rose both want to take care of Alvina, who settles the situation by suggesting they all stay at her house. The visit looks to become something of a battle royal as each granny tries to take over, but some clever negotiating on Alvina's part and cooperation from the grannies saves the day. After all, despite their differences, they have a lot in common--each loves her granddaughter very much. Alvina is a spunky, biracial heroine whom readers will enjoy and appreciate. Chamberlain's bright, childlike illustrations capture all three worlds and add a gently humorous touch. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Kirkus Review

Alvina, whose mother is black and father is white, has two grannies who love her dearly: Granny Vero, born on Trinidad, and Granny Rose, born in Yorkshire. The child enjoys spending time with them, especially listening to their stories of their childhoods. While the grannies have completely different personalities, they have one thing in common-a love of dance and music-brass bands in Granny Rose's case, and calypso and steel drums in Granny Vero's. For their 10th wedding anniversary, Alvina's parents decide to take a holiday trip and a conflict arises over who will look after the girl in their absence. It is decided that both grannies can stay at Alvina's home, but they don't agree on anything and everyone is miserable. Ultimately, their granddaughter comes up with the perfect solution. Chamberlain's humorous cartoons are full of bright, vivid colors and often spill across two pages. This simple offering, similar in tone and subject matter to Emily Arnold McCully's Grandmas Trick-or-Treat (2001), The Grandma Mix-Up (1988), and Grandmas at Bat (1993, all HarperCollins), is a little didactic, but fun nonetheless. Children will understand the rivalry between the grannies and empa-thize with Alvina's dilemma.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH --School Library Journal

Alvina, whose mother is black and father is white, has two grannies who love her dearly: Granny Vero, born on Trinidad, and Granny Rose, born in Yorkshire. The child enjoys spending time with them, especially listening to their stories of their childhoods. While the grannies have completely different personalities, they have one thing in common-a love of dance and music-brass bands in Granny Rose's case, and calypso and steel drums in Granny Vero's. For their 10th wedding anniversary, Alvina's parents decide to take a holiday trip and a conflict arises over who will look after the girl in their absence. It is decided that both grannies can stay at Alvina's home, but they don't agree on anything and everyone is miserable. Ultimately, their granddaughter comes up with the perfect solution. Chamberlain's humorous cartoons are full of bright, vivid colors and often spill across two pages. This simple offering, similar in tone and subject matter to Emily Arnold McCully's Grandmas Trick-or-Treat (2001), The Grandma Mix-Up (1988), and Grandmas at Bat (1993, all HarperCollins), is a little didactic, but fun nonetheless. Children will understand the rivalry between the grannies and empathize with Alvina's dilemma.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH --School Library Journal

An ideal book to share with a child whose {caregivers} and parents come from different cultural or racial backgrounds. --Child Care

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on September 17, 2008
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This is a delightful story of a little girl whose grandmothers love her very much. It's about a biracial family, which I think is wonderful as there aren't too many of those, but it should appeal to anyone who loves both grandmothers even though they are very different. (Or even if they weren't very different, like mine!)
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Alvina is a young child whose mother is black and her father is white. Her grandmothers love her and are fiercely competitive with one another over Alvina. Alvina's Granny Vero is from the West Indies and her Granny Rose is from England. Both women come from very different backgrounds and Alvina is fortunate to have rich cultural sharing.

Alvina's grandmothers tell her about life in their respective countries. They talk about the different music and games they enjoyed. Alvina basks in their love and all is well until her parents take an anniversary trip and both grandmothers vie for the chance to stay with Alvira. Luckily Alvira finds a way to keep the peace between these two very different grandmothers and their very different opinions.

Two Mrs. Gibsons is a good companion book to this one. Toyomi is Afro-Asian and she, like Alvina has a rich racial heritage. She talks about her mother, who is Japanese and her paternal grandmother, who is black. Both women, like Alvina's grandmothers come from very different backgrounds, but they agree on what matters most - they love Toyomi's dad and they love Toyomi. Alvina's grandmothers are united in their grandchild and children-in-law. What a wonderful book that will enrich all families and educators.
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The book is never about color differences between the Grannies, but cultural differences. One Granny is from England and one is from Trinidad but they learn to appreciate each others history, stories and food.
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Alvina has two grannies who love her very much. Granny Rose was born in the Yorkshire town of Barnsley, and Granny Vero was born on the island of Trinidad. Both grannies have such interesting stories to tell, and Alvina loves them both. But, when Alvina's parents decide to go on a vacation, both grannies try to take over her time, and show her the things that they know, leaving Alvina feeling caught in the middle. But, when she arranges for the grannies to take a day each, they learn that the other also has so much to teach.

This is a very excellent story. The author, Floella Benjamin was indeed born in Trinidad, and grew up in England, which gives the book a real feeling of authenticity. Not just in the grannies themselves, but in what they have to say and what they remember. It makes for some very interesting reading. My little one and I both really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it!
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