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Our Granny Paperback – March 30, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395883954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395883952
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Australian duo Wild and Vivas ( The Very Best of Friends ; Let the Celebrations Begin! ) work their own special blend of magic in this affectionate ode to grandmothers of all sizes and hues. Here, a boy and a girl tell about grannies in general and their own in particular, from the way grannies dress--whether in "jeans and sneakers," "silky dresses" or "baggy underwear"--to what they do ("fix the plumbing," "march in demonstrations," "play in a band"). These are grannies for the '90s, active, vigorous women whose lives dispel traditional beliefs about aging. Wild's prose packs a punch ("Our granny does special exercises to make her bottom smaller") and, as always, Vivas's watercolors are brimming with humanity. There are no hard edges in the world she conjures; the grannies are real, flesh-and-blood women whose soft, rounded shapes speak of hugs and laughter and love. It's a splendid collaboration and an especially fine tool for sparking preschool and early-elementary discussions about families. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-"Some grannies live in...apartments, big old houses, old people's homes, little rooms in the city, trailers.... Our granny lives with us in our house." Grandmotherly characteristics (interesting hair, crinkly eyes, friendly smiles); clothing (blue jeans, silky dresses, big bras, high heels); occupations (driving a truck, plumbing, working in an office); and ways of kissing (big sloppy ones, none at all) are catalogued. Eight to ten possibilities alternate with the comfortable, one-sentence statements of two children about their own relative. The lists are varied enough to stimulate the imagination and, combined with the return to a personal point of view, avoid the dullness often found in repetitive formats. The text is large and clear. Vivas's translucent watercolor figures, surrounded by ample white space, spread over the pages and emphasize shape and movement. The perspectives are interesting-Granny marching in a demonstration is seen from above; there is a closeup of the heads and shoulders of three pursed-lipped grandmothers, one kissing the cheek of a delighted toddler. A variety of women-black, white, hip, punk, and traditional-are depicted with warmth and humor, yet all have a lumpy, rounded, saggy-baggy appearance. An affectionate book that affirms the endless diversity of people, life styles, and families.
Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My 3yo daughter and I love to read this book together.
"myverona"
The wonderful illustrations of watercolor add extra warmth and humor to this fun-loved story!
A Kentucky reader
I read this book to my preschool class during a unit on families.
Tamika

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book when reading it to my Grandchildren and my adult friends, but I found myself in 'book heaven' when sitting with my 6 year old Granddaughter while she read the book to me. This is a wonderful book to describe differences in people, their lifestyles, sizes, interests, careers and ways of expressing affection. The illustrations are perfect. I think this book makes a perfect gift for new Grandparents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Kentucky reader on November 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A very cute story that does an excellent job of erasing the stereotypical view of "grannies". As the book explains, grannies can be all different shapes and sizes and enjoy a variety of activities. This would be a good book to explain individual differences as well as unique qualities.
The wonderful illustrations of watercolor add extra warmth and humor to this fun-loved story!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kotori on December 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Presented in a no-holds barred disclosure, grannies; warts and all.

Frank drawings let us into grandma's gym - wobbly bottoms abound, and special underwater views of grannies fat rolls in togs.

A glorious celebration of cellulite, big bra's and sloppy kisses...

Introduced by two children talking about their granny & the other types of grannies in the world - where they can live, how they can work, what they can wear and what they do for fun (golfing, bowling, tennis or dancing). Their grandmother marches in demonstrations & lives with them.

It's an easy to read book, with some great illustrations, and your children will love it.

However, children generally don't need to be encouraged with precocity, for instance telling people "our granny has wobbly bottom" is not something I would encourage in my son.

Depending on how broad-minded you and your family are - it's a very "modern" book, encouraging us to have no inhibitions, for example a grannie is pictured in her bra & underpants...

I wouldn't dream of letting my grandmother see this book, but some (grannies)will find it warm & funny.

I definately have mixed feelings about this book. It's not one I would purchase (we borrowed our copy from the library) and not one I would borrow again, but we did enjoy it whilst we had it.

The illustrations are excellently executed, soft and rounded & colourful, and the book is warmly humorous.

kotori ojadis@yahoo.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "myverona" on January 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
My 3yo daughter and I love to read this book together. The pictures are fantastic and I find the text poignant as well as funny as my daughter has recently lost her grandpa too. On a lighter note, it is good to see the the term "wobbly bottom" being introduced into my daughter's vocabulary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamika on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my preschool class during a unit on families. After I read it I knew immediately that I had to buy this book for my mother who has 5 grandchildren. I can't wait to give it to her this Christmas from my children. I know she is going to love it! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is just as wonderful.
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By Sarah Ryland on April 11, 2014
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Light hearted, fun filled. Sure to make you laugh out loud. Wonderful illustrations. Beautiful tribute to grandmothers and the important role they play in a child's life.
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By Van Parker on November 30, 2013
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LOVE this book. Give it as a gift to every new grandma I know. Fun and funny ;pictures showing all kinds of grandmas and grandpas.
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By Sally Broughton on November 15, 2013
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LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Every Granny needs this one~
have purchased more than I'l like to admit~
end of entry~
thanks~
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