This book teaches the young and old alike about ageing, compassion, and sharing time with family. In this touching ture story dePAOLA tells of losing a great grandmother. At the age of four he shows compassion and love for a disabled grandmother, sharing special time tied into their chairs sucking on peppermints, talking, and playing games every Sunday afternoon. The illustrations tenderly show his surprise at finding her room empty and his moment sitting by himself on the floor hugging his knees, crying softly. In our family four grand children under the age of nine (three under the age of six) lost their grandfather. Our family used this story to talk about the empty space left, that it is okay to feel sad (a sadness we all felt), and to remember good times we had spent together. 4 months later we still talk about our feelings through references to different illustrations in the book.
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs