Just Like Grandma

HarperCollins/Heartdrum. Jan. 2023. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063049246.
PreS-Gr 2–In this captivating work from Rogers, (of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes) and brought to life in the illustrations of Flett (of Cree-Métis descent), Becca closely observes her grandma, aspiring to emulate her. Throughout the narrative, Grandma serves as a guiding force, encouraging Becca to explore new activities such as beading, dancing, painting, and more. In the background, Grandpa expresses his affection through the universal language of food. As the story unfolds, a poignant full-circle moment occurs when Grandma expresses her desire to be just like Becca. The book culminates with a profound realization of the reciprocal nature of the relationship, underscored by a publisher’s note emphasizing the importance of Elders. An author’s note sheds light on her grandma’s influence and the cultural significance of beadwork, both in traditional and contemporary contexts.
VERDICT This book comes highly recommended for its heartwarming portrayal of intergenerational relationships and cultural heritage.

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