In this big universe full of many moons, I have travelled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I loved my grandma. She was kind, generous and full of love. I still want to be just like her.
This beautiful book explores the relationship between a little girl and her grandmother who is the centre of her world. As she grows up in Iran, she shares everything with the old lady- prayer times, visits to the Mosque, playing with neighbours. As her grandmother sews, little Mina plays with the wonderful fabrics used to create her chadors. It is a gorgeous celebration of a warm, loving relationship.
I spotted this gem whilst I was at the Discover Story Centre on Saturday and was completely smitten. Lucky enough to have had a close relationship with my own grandmother, though culturally different, there are so many instances I can relate to; simple, daily occurrences we take for granted, moments shared and enjoyed. We learn that Grandma’s neighbour - and close friend- attends church, rather than the Mosque, subtly emphasising the inclusive nature of their relationship and the focus is on all the joys that unite them: watching their granddaughters play, knitting, drinking coffee and chatting.
The illustrations are wonderful, drawing on cultural traditions, using rich colours and patterns. Lindsay Yankey captures the tender relationship perfectly. It is quite simply a delight from cover to cover.
‘My Grandma and Me’ is a beautiful celebration of shared memories, growing up and family love. The last pages will ring true for many; deeply personal, yet easy to identify with. Can’t wait to get this into school!
My Grandma and Me Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by Lindsey Yankey
Walker Books ISBN: 978-1406384949