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Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – April 3, 2000
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This is a lovely picture book representing a strong bond between a grandparents and their grandson. If you enjoy this book, you'll also like Tomie DePaola's "Now One Foot, Now the Other".
I learned of this book by reading an analysis of it in the book "Inside Picture Books" by Ellen H. Spitz, which is a very detailed analysis of the content of picture books focusing on themes of bedtime, separation, grandparents, death, children's behaviors/manners, and a child's self-concept and self-esteem.
My 3 and 6 year old sons love the book as do I! We originally borrowed it from the library but this is one we'll have to buy so I can keep up with their repeated requests for it!
The older version has pictures in pink, tan, and black. The new version has more colors in the illustrations. Both versions are illustrated by Tomie DePaola.
We ended up trying a number of books related to loss of a pet, but most solved the "problem" with the replacement of the dead pet with a new one! Not something we wanted to present, nor did we want them to think grief is resolved through replacement. I had hoped this book would help with that idea, but still didn't generalize well enough to our situation. By itself, it's a lovely story, which is just how my children perceived it.