Grandma and Me

Jabberwocky. Apr. 2022. 24p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781728242439.
PreS-K–This tender board book celebrates the love between grandmothers and their grandchildren in African American families. Gentle rhyming couplets follow babies, toddlers, and slightly older children engaged in a host of delightful daily activities such as dancing, reading, and baking. Corrin portrays the grandmothers as a joyful and energetic group with bodies of all shapes and sizes—some fat, some thin, some tall, some short. One uses a wheelchair. The layering of the bright yellows, pinks, purples, greens, and browns creates a pleasingly loose, screen-printed aesthetic. Some of the adult-child duos are situated in clearly defined environments, while others revel against abstracted planes of color. Weatherford’s everyday vignettes evince a profound and enduring familial bond. To underscore this connection, Corrin depicts many of the grandmothers with the same poses and facial expressions as the children in their care.
VERDICT This delightful book with engaging rhymes and bright illustrations will work well for one-on-one read-alouds with young children.

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