My Grandma and Me

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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.

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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.

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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