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My Two Grannies


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Floella Benjamin is an iconic British children's television presenter, producer, actress, and author who for over 30 years has dedicated her life to making children happy and campaigning for their well-being. She has written over 20 books including Skip Across the Ocean, My Two Grannies, and My Two Grandads as well as her acclaimed two-part autobiography, Coming To England. Margaret Chamberlain is a well-respected illustrator of children's books. Her books include Has Anyone Seen Jack?, Look Out He's Behind You, Tales from Grimm, My Two Grannies and My Two Grandads.


PreS-Gr 1-Alvina, whose mother is black and father is white, has two grannies who love her dearly: Granny Vero, born on Trinidad, and Granny Rose, born in Yorkshire. The child enjoys spending time with them, especially listening to their stories of their childhoods. While the grannies have completely different personalities, they have one thing in common-a love of dance and music-brass bands in Granny Rose's case, and calypso and steel drums in Granny Vero's. For their 10th wedding anniversary, Alvina's parents decide to take a holiday trip and a conflict arises over who will look after the girl in their absence. It is decided that both grannies can stay at Alvina's home, but they don't agree on anything and everyone is miserable. Ultimately, their granddaughter comes up with the perfect solution. Chamberlain's humorous cartoons are full of bright, vivid colors and often spill across two pages. This simple offering, similar in tone and subject matter to Emily Arnold McCully's Grandmas Trick-or-Treat (2001), The Grandma Mix-Up (1988), and Grandmas at Bat (1993, all HarperCollins), is a little didactic, but fun nonetheless. Children will understand the rivalry between the grannies and empathize with Alvina's dilemma.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Does a wonderful job of showing the many differences between Caribbean Granny and Yorkshire Granny. In the end they manage to bring their two worlds together to ensure that they, and the little girl, can all try a little taste of each culture, and have enormous fun together as one big, happy family. || A lovely story to read to my grandchildren. A good lesson for all. || A super story to promote cultural difference, promote inclusion and use a wehicle through which children can talk about the many different kinds of families there are. It is vibrantly and affectionately illustrated story that children will love to hear again and again.

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