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My Grandma is Coming to Town Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-Albert has not seen his grandmother since he was a baby. However, they have spoken on the phone often and formed a special bond. One day, he receives a letter from her, telling him that she will soon visit. The boy is very excited until she actually arrives, and then he is shy. He does not remember her and is too apprehensive to even look at her. After giving him a little time to warm up, Grandma helps him overcome his fears by reciting the familiar greeting that she always shares with him on the phone. Done in acrylic and colored pencil, the illustrations are filled with vibrant colors balanced by backgrounds in paler hues. The simple and uncluttered style of the artwork emphasizes the relationship between the two main characters and the family's welcoming preparations. In today's mobile society, many children do not live close enough to see their grandparents on a regular basis, and this book does an excellent job of addressing that issue.
Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
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PreS-K. Hines is right on the mark with this sweet story about a young boy who is looking forward to a visit from his out-of-town grandma. Although Albert hasn't actually seen his grandma since she visited when he was a baby, he frequently talks to her on the phone, always playing their special pat-a-cake game. But when she arrives this time, Albert is overcome with shyness and hides behind his stuffed dog. His parents urge but never force him to give Grandma kisses, and wise Grandma sits back and lets Albert take the lead. Soon Albert "calls" Grandma on his toy phone, and they play their special game, slowly moving closer as she reads from a book she once sent him as a present. Sweet's gentle, childlike illustrations, rendered in acrylic and colored pencil, do a great job of conveying the story from Albert's egocentric point of view, and Albert's first-person telling, as well as the actions of grown-ups, will really strike a chord with kids--and not only the shy ones. Lauren Peterson
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Top Customer Reviews
The aspects of a long distance relationship are the unifying theme in this picture book. The plot is horizontal, a commentary on separate communications between the grandma and the boy. Character development is flat as the text sticks to letters and telephone calls with very little action or reflection on the parts of either character. Conflict, climax and resolution happen almost simultaneously at the end of the story when the grandma visits the family. Illustrations are excellent in this book. They can stand alone but do an outstanding job of deepening the text. Creative end pages give you a sense of the distance between the characters in the story. Pictures of letters and character bubbles, help to clarify which character is communicating. Action is also added to the text through pictures. Melissa Sweet really made the story come alive.
This book is suitable for children in PreK - 2nd grade. It could be used in units on grandparents or letter writing.