- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: November 18, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001LNK8XE
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Grandma Calls Me Beautiful Audible – Unabridged
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Mama, Do You Love Me? explores the undying and unconditional love an Inuit mother has for her child, and Papa, Do You Love Me? examines the same type of unconditional love a Maasai father has for his son. While the books depict parents and children of different cultures, they hold the common theme of loving your child no matter what--a theme that I suspect most parents identify with, and most children take great comfort in hearing.
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful also explores this theme, this time focusing on the love a Hawaiian grandmother, Tutu, feels for her granddaughter whom she calls Beautiful. The story begins with Tutu telling Beautiful a talk-story about Beautiful's birth. As explained in the book's glossary, a talk-story is an informal conversation, sometimes illustrated with a song, a hei (or string design), or a dance. In this case, Tutu uses a hei, a piece of string which she twists into a design to tell her story. The back of the book also contains instructions on how to make a honu (turtle) hei.
Through Tutu's story of Beautiful's birth, readers learn about Hawaiian traditions, including the custom of "sharing breath," the pressing of foreheads together and touching noses to signify love and affection.Read more ›
Readers receive a global handshake from Hawaii in this delightful story. Customs such as the "sharing breath," and the traditional kiss, which is to rub noses. Beautiful, the granddaughter asks her grandmother questions affirming her unconditional love, much as her Inuit counterpart in "Mama, Do You Love Me" does in her story.
The illustrations are rich and vibrant and readers will immediately form a bond to Beautiful and her grandmother. The fact that they are Hawaiian is incidental to the story; the important message is the one about unconditional love and self affirmation. The Hawaiian setting only serves to make a good story even better as customs are shared and terms are explained. It is a message that is universal and the book will remain a much cherished possession among all who have it.
Please read this and share it with somebody. This book is ideal for families and educators.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
...excellent shape. My granddaughter LOVES it and only wants me to
read it ti her. Some great bonding time. Thanks...
We recommend this book for any parents who are striving to find good ways to bless their children by showing love and building self esteem.Published on January 26, 2013 by Gilbert G. Campbell
It was as good as expected. Can't wait to give it and share it with my granddaughter.Published on November 21, 2009 by Graciela G. Schweiger