Posted on | May 12, 2010 | 16 Comments
So enough of me! Now over to Sarah, who has chosen Grandparents as her theme for today’s Fantastic Fiction for Kids:
My husband and I live four houses away from my childhood home. This means that my neighbors remember every single mortifying aspect of my younger years with astonishing clarity. But it also means that my daughter is lucky enough to have two doting grandparents a stone’s throw away. With very few exceptions, my parents spend time with my daughter at least twice weekly since her birth.
My father calls it GRANDPARENTING ON STEROIDS.
Naturally, when I was asked to contribute to Fantastic Fiction for Kids, the first topic that came to mind was books that feature grandparents. I am a sucker for children’s books that highlight familial relationships in a positive and loving way. It can be difficult to find quality books about grandparents, I have come across a few amazing ones over the past year. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Author Arthur Dorros based this book in part on the happy relationship he had with one of his grandmothers. His grandmother must have been a phenomenal woman because the book is incredible! The story is about a little girl, Rosalba, who is very close to her Abuela. They are at a park one day when Rosalba begins to speculate about flying. Pretty soon, both the girl and her grandmother are flying around in an imaginative story that is fun for all ages. The illustrations are beautiful and there are plenty of little details to entertain children. Additionally, Abuela brings in an element of multiculturalism.
There is an entire series of these books and we enjoy all of them. This is a flip book – after you are finished reading about grandfathers on one side, you just turn it over and will find the part about grandmothers. It is a wonderful book that demonstrates to a child that the relationship they have with each grandparent is unique and special, even if they do some of the same things. Best of all, it is instantly clear to a small child that what grandparents do best is love their grandchildren!
This is a wonderful, classic book about the fun things that a child can do with a grandfather. The story is simple and focuses on the bond between generations, so even if the grandfather(s) in your child’s life do(es) not, for example, dig for worms, children quickly realize that the point is just to do things together. It is illustrated with children and grandfather pairs of different ethnic backgrounds and it has flaps that children will enjoy lifting.
This is quite possibly my favorite grandparent-centric book of all time. It tells the story of mornings that Mei-Mei and her grandfather spend together. The illustrations are beautiful watercolors that lend themselves well to conversation and the relationship depicted is affectionate and sweet. My favorite part of this book is that although it has a multicultural facet, the activities that Mei-Mei and her Grandpa engage in are things that children of any culture can relate to such as eating breakfast and going to the park.
Wow, what a tremendous list of books don’t you think? Thanks for your suggestions Sarah – I’m looking forward to reading each and every one
Here are some suggestions for music to enjoy alongside these books:
And here’s some activity suggestions:
So, a special hello with lots of love to M and J’s Grandparents, who I know always read this crazy little blog of ours! And a big thank you once again to Sarah (don’t forget to visit her wonderful blog!). And if you have a moment to share your happiest memories with your Grandparents that would be so lovely.