Nana and Me: Special Poems Just for Us

Moonshower. Nov. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781638192145.
PreS-Gr 3–Emotional poems that depict grandmothers and their grandchildren speak softly, with rhythmic prose to children and families. This expressive collection of poetry features grandmothers from around the world. Sweet lyrical rhyming language takes readers on a melodious excursion of 19 verses sprinkled with words in a variety of languages, from Spanish to Japanese, Vietnamese to Swahili, and Scottish to Yiddish. Readers will delight in spending precious moments getting to know Memaw, Gigi, Nona, Nan, Oma, Baba, and Nana Jane; all of them grandmothers who love to hold hands, play hopscotch, color, read books, and gently sing a loved one to sleep. The illustrations are softly blurred with quietly muted colors, conveying a sense of calm and repose, while diversity is well represented throughout. Back matter includes a list of nicknames for grandmothers in multiple languages. One thing is certain: there is no other love that’s as special as the love of a grandmother.
VERDICT The perfect book for families to read aloud.

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