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Everything is Different at Nonna's House Hardcover – May 19, 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-An intergenerational story filled with love and affection. A city boy and his mom visit his grandparents' farm. At Nonna's, "There's always time for blueberry pancakes." Instead of riding the apartment elevator, he rides the tractor with Pop-Pop. Here, there's no deli, only "moo cows." The important moment arrives when he and Nonna go out to see the moon. The sky looks different to him, and when he reaches up, it seems as though he can hold the moon in his hands. He tells his grandmother, "At your house, I'm a big boy," and she explains that it's the same sky and that he's a big boy no matter where he is. With its sunny yellow checkerboard cover and endpapers and its palette of warm hues, this cheerful picture book has just the right illustrations to carry it along. The rounded and elongated figures dance across the pages. Many of the objects are no more than splashes of color, but the slow, homey feel of the country and the bustling mood of the city are clearly delineated. Pair this with Edith Hurd's I Dance in My Red Pajamas (HarperCollins, 1982) or Amy Hest's Weekend Girl (Morrow, 1993; o.p.).
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS. In this sunny offering, a young city boy delights in the pleasures of his grandparents' country home and becomes more self-assured along the way. In simple, poetic language, written in the boy's voice, Cohen contrasts Nonna's peaceful, rural house with the boy's city home. At Nonna's, the boy rides a tractor instead of an elevator; waters and cares for flowers outside Nonna's kitchen door instead of buying them; and takes time to make pancakes in the happy, slow mornings. Best of all, Nonna reminds him that he sees the same moon and sky at her house that he sees back home in the city, and that "he's a big boy everywhere." Cohen's text, like Nonna's house, is filled with "happy, laughy words," and lots of hugs, kisses, and reassuring reminders that the boy is strong, capable, and loved, wherever he is. Nakata's stylish, light-filled watercolors extend the carefree, exuberant mood. The boy's father is subtly omitted from the story, and these joyful, matter-of-fact family scenes may have additional appeal to children without a dad at home. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (May 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618073353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618073351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mom loved this gift so much for Christmas! She started crying once she read the title. When she opened the book, My son wrote her a letter about everything that is different at Nonna's house. Then she started really crying. By page 2 everyone in the house had tears in their eyes even the men. If you ever want a gift to give to your nonna in your life this is the book! Great purchase! Such a cute story as well. Nonna will enough this book for so many years and they have read it together several times since Christmas!
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This book would've been wonderful if the seller had portrayed the condition correctly. The book was sold as "good" yet had pages taped back in and upside down. It was totally unusable. Amazon honored my purchase quickly by refunding my money. It's not easy finding books with "Nonna". I wish this could've been different.
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I just read this book to my five-year-old son and I had to stop a few times since I got choked up! He has a VERY special relationship with his nana (my mom), and this book summed it up. It describes how special a child feels at their grandparents' house. It was so perfect for us, because my mom, (as is her privilege as a nana) is more lenient with my son and let's him spread his wings...just like in this book. She makes him feel so special - again, just like in this story. I plan to get this book for my mom as a Christmas gift....
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All of the Lydia kid's books are fantastic. While there are some simple recipes in each volume its the wonderfully endearing stories that will captivate any child. Don't be surprised if you, the adult reading outloud, become equally captivated.
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I purchased this book in 2006 because my name is Nonna and I was a fairly new grandmother. I read this book to my 3 year old grandson when he comes to stay the weekend with us. He wants to hear it over and over because he thinks the book is about him. He calls his grandfather "PopPop" and loves to ride on his tractor and he works in the garden with me, Nonna. It is truly a special book.
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The Book came quick, in great condition & I loved reading it to my little Grandson- my Bambino-
He calls one Grandmother Grandma & me Nonna & I wanted something to read to him to represent who I am & Im glad that I bought this- He loved it!
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