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My Grandma and Me

My Grandma and Me

Published: 5 Mar 2020

Paperback / softback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+ and 5+

By Mina Javaherbin

Illustrated by Lindsey Yankey

Published by Walker Books Ltd

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Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart...

At once deeply personal and utterly universal, this story is a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader.

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An easy-purchase topic pack of children's books to support the topic All Kinds of Families. You can purchase individual titles or the full collection.

  • The Pirate Mums
  • All About Families
  • My Grandma and Me
  • Two Homes
  • My Daddies!
  • The Truth About Old People
  • All Kinds of Families
  • Love Makes a Family
  • An ABC of Families

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An easy-purchase topic  pack of children's books to support the topic of Inclusivity KS1. You can purchase individual titles or the collection.

  • The Proudest Blue
  • Hey You!
  • The Pirate Mums
  • Look Up!
  • Can Bears Ski?
  • You Can!
  • The Queen on Our Corner
  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding
  • Julian at the Wedding
  • My Grandma and Me
  • Under the Love Umbrella
  • Splash
  • The Spots and the Dots
  • We Are All Different
  • Remixed
  • Small's Big Dream
  • Sunflower Sisters
  • The Can Caravan
  • Through the Eyes of Us
  • Storm in a Jar
  • The Lost Homework
  • All About Diversity
  • Grandad's Camper
  • The Kindest Red
  • Song in the City
  • We Are All Neighbours
  • A World For Me and You

Reviewed by Rachel Elvidge

My Grandma and Me is a special book, celebrating the beautiful relationship between grandmas and granddaughters, which reaches across oceans.

Mina Javaherbin grew up with her grandmother, and in this book, she celebrates the closeness of their relationship. They have an incredibly loving bond, which is instantly recognisable. We can all identify with the little girl who ‘helps’ her grandmother by building rocket ships out of her clothes! As children relate to the familiar relationship, they also learn about Javaherbin’s Iranian background. She accompanies her grandmother to the mosque, observes Ramadan with her and climbs on her back as she prays. Their religion is an integral part of everyday life, but so is sewing, bread buying and hopscotch. Grandma’s kindness and morality are highlighted in the way she treats others, from her dear granddaughter to the poor man sleeping on the street.

The illustrations, by Lindsey Yankey, are detailed and delicate, reflecting Iranian culture through colour, pattern and tone.

On the last page, Javaherbin tells us that In this big universe, full of many moons… I’ve never loved anything or anyone the way I loved my grandma. The similarity of childhood experience across cultures is encapsulated here and brings a tear to the eye of anyone who has lost a beloved grandparent.

A super book with depth and power, My Grandma and Me would be enjoyed as a class read but make sure you can read it aloud without sniffling!

Rachel has 20 years experience in primary school teaching, most recently running reading interventions in an Ofsted Outstanding school in Essex. A firm believer that there is always something new to learn, she recently completed an MA in Early Childhood Education. In the same spirit, she also attends latin and ballroom lessons, sadly with a less than impressive outcome! Rachel works for Just Imagine as an Education Consultant, currently overseeing The Reading Journey.

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