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4.4 out of 5 stars

A magical grandmother, all dressed in lavender clothes sprinkled with a touch of green, is flying backwards, gently floating through the air. Her amazing broad brimmed hat is all set to hold her gray cat who has a set of white socks for paws. It even has a handy seatbelt to keep her kitty from blowing away in the breeze. Grandmothers are handy at thinking of things like that. She also keeps a close eye out on her grandchildren . . . "If we're in trouble / she comes right away / Got stuck in the mud / and couldn't play / She said her magic works well on dirt . . . / But left her wand in another shirt." The clothesline was full, lined from end to end with Mary Poppinish clothes with that magical wand tucked into a pocket.

She pulled out her knitting and a special chair that she could sit on to do some thinking. Kitty was extra busy lying on her back winding herself up in the yard from a green ball of yarn. She had to do some thinking to find a way to get the three mischievous grandchildren out of the mud. "The mud pies we mad counted 23 / And from the mud we were finally free." Two boys and a girl were quickly hung out to dry on the line. Grandmothers can be very handy, but there is one special thing that they are especially known for. Can you guess what the three youngsters knew for sure about their special grandmother?

This charming book about the special magical love that a grandmother has for her special charges will delight the reader. This book, which is dedicated to Danny, Sasha, and Carl, are probably the little mischief makers portrayed in the pages of this book. The illustrations aptly catch the love that grandmothers have for their grandchildren, a love that is returned. This story in rhyme is a personal tribute, but one that any who has experience the magic of a similar relationship will be able to relate to it. This spicy, adorable tribute would make a nice gift for your special grandmother on Grandmother's Day

This book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Lois Carl Truax has the gift for creating fascinating children's stories that are not only fun to read and to hear read, but that also carry some important values about family and about the relationship of children to each other and to elders. This is a quick read about a grandmother considered by her grandchildren to be magic - and that she is, in their eyes. 'Backwards our grandmother sometimes flies, Doesn't like bugs or dirt in her eyes, On her head she wars an old hat, Which has a seatbelt for her cat' goes the fun rhyming pattern. The point of the quick book is that when the grandchildren are in trouble (stuck in the mud) grandmother not only saves the day by rescuing them, but does so by making the rescue a fun creation of mud pies and hangs the kids on the clothesline in the rain to be cleaned and then to dry.

Much of the charm of this beautiful book comes form the accompanying illustrations by Tiffanie Fedorowicz - a very gifted artist who doubtless will be winning some of the awards such as the Caldecott Award for illustration! This is a fine book on every level and should be on the list for every reader's gift occasion! Grady Harp, August 10
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VINE VOICEon August 19, 2010
This is a short and sweet little rhyming book guaranteed to make you smile. Grandma is a little silly and quirky and the colorful pictures capture and reflect that, beautifully.

At 16 pages, only 9 of them with text, this is not a long and involved story by any means. In fact, I read this to my 7 year old son in a few short minutes. But as short as it is, it is also thoroughly entertaining. My son and I giggled on every page and when we were finished, we had to go back through it to look at the pictures and laugh again.

I wouldn't mind hearing from this magical Grandma again. Highly recommended.

Cherise Everhard, August 2010
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For years, since they were born, our grandsons have held a strong suspicion that my wife, their grandmother, truly was magic! Our oldest, now a college graduate, still, down deep, sort of believes she has eyes in the back of her head and he quite convinced that she follows him around, watching his actions even when he is far from home.

And perhaps this is true. When you watch her and the grandsons interact, there is indeed a bit of magic about it. Thus this story by Lois Carl Truax more than reinforces this idea and notion. What a delightful little read this book is! Grandmothers everywhere will relate and kids, of all ages, will nod knowingly when they read it.

The children of the book are quite convinced that their grandmother is magic and the author takes us on a very whimsical and sweet trip of fantasy. The grandmother here can fly (with her cat which is strapped to her hat with a seatbelt), and can perform some rather marvelous deeds.

This book is written in short verse form and is quite suitable for those under the age of five. The rhyme is simple and is catchy and will delight the ears of the little ones. The illustrator, Tiffanie Fedorowicz has provided some delightfully animated pictures in mellow colors which suit this work perfectly. Each frame goes perfectly with the text. The combination of the written word and the illustrator's skill make this a rather special little book.

This is a short work but it is the ideal sort of work to read to a young child as each rhyme and each picture will bring questions and discussions and allow the adult to go off in all kinds of directions. I like this sort of thing.

This is a skillfully done work and I do strongly encourage you to add this one to your child's library.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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VINE VOICEon August 11, 2010
"Grandmothers Are Magic" is a picture book for young children. The story is a simple one told in rhyme form about a grandmother who really is magical. The book is a slim quick read filled with nice illustrations.

"Grandmothers Are Magic" is a very cute, whimsical children's book. The story reminded me a bit of the nursery rhymes as I learned as a kid. The story is a fantasy and a nice one about a grandmother who can fly backwards, wear her cat on her hat, carry a chair in her hair, and more. Parents looking for a story with a beginning and end should look elsewhere as this book is simply a series of vignettes. However, the little stories are very cute and amusing. Adding to the charm of the story (written by Lois Carl Truax) are the illustrations by Tiffanie Fedorowicz. They perfectly capture the whimsicalness of the story and are delightful to look at over and over again. Fedorowicz captures every nuance of the story and perhaps a bit more. While I loved all the illustrations, I found the ones with the cat (there are several) to be my favorite, (I'd love to see a sequel to the book featuring the grandmother's cat who I'm sure is also magical).

"Grandmothers Are Magic" is a very cute book that children will want to read over and over again.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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VINE VOICEon August 2, 2010
Grandmothers are Magic is an excellent children's book by Lois Carl Truax. Kids will love looking at the colorful illustrations by Tiffanie Fedorowicz. They are humorous and fun to look at. My favorite illustration has all the characters hanging on a clothes line. My other favorite illustration is a picture of a long stack of mud pies. I also like the picture of a gray cat playing with a ball of yarn on the back cover. Grandmothers are amazing loving people. This delightful book by Lois Carl Truax is a reminder of that.
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VINE VOICEon August 3, 2010
This is a cute little book--very small but nice for the price. This August 2010 release is a paper cover, 16 page book that is very colorful and very nicely illustrated. For the younger child (maybe age 3 to 6?), there are 3 children who tell us their grandmother is special and magical. She can fly backwards and wears a hat, which has a seatbelt for her cat. The children can always count on her to help them if they get into trouble. When they got stuck in the mud and couldn't play, grandmom got together with them and made mud pies and got them out, then hung them on the clothesline in the rain, so they could drain. (You see, she would have used her magic wand on the dirt, but had left it in another shirt.)

It's a cute little story, a little silly, a little funny, and reminds them that grandmom is always there to help and loves them very much--just the kind of story a young child would like. The book also puts the children and grandmom TOGETHER to think of a solution and TOGETHER to work through the solution. Nice touch. Pretty colors and nicely drawn pictures on every page. Nice quality paper. Size is about 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 square.
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This is a cute little book about a grandmother with special magical powers who comes to the aid of her three grandchildren. The grandchildren get themselves dirty from mud and call on grandmother to help them. She does help them - but in a very unique and creative way, using magic to get the grandchildren clean again!

The book is written in a rhyming format that is nice and fun to read. The illustrations are in color and convey grandmother's unique abilities in a fun and engaging manner. I liked the whimsical illustrations, especially the neat little touches like the seatbelt on grandmother's hat (for the cat!), the pearls that the cat wears (good taste Cat!), and grandmother's creative use of a crayon. I think this book will be a nice little gift to share between grand kids and their grandmothers, for who's to argue that grandmothers are magical beings:)
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on August 23, 2010
This is a very small booklet about grandmothers. The rhymes aren't bad and the photos are very cute. It is a book that could be read to a small child just before bed.

On Amazon, the price is $5.95. Personally, I would look for another book that would have more reading time for that cost but if you are looking for a cute "grandmother" gift, it would probably fit the bill.
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VINE VOICEon August 10, 2010
"Grandmothers Are Magic," by Lois Carl Truax, is a very sweet book that will work with just about any young child. The story is rather silly (grandchildren stuck in the mud), but plays out perfectly on its target audience's level.

Tiffanie Fedorowicz provides some nice illustrations. They are sure to draw the attention of youngsters.

For a rhyming good time that highlights the love of grandmothers all over the world, I recommend "Grandmothers Are Magic" to anyone with a young child under the age of five who enjoys having stories read to them.
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