A child who loses a beloved grandparent finds comfort in carrying on the activities they shared in this sweet, genuine look at a universal rite of passage.
Grandma is always on her knees in the dirt, with her gardening gloves on, talking to her roses and laughing with the birds-of-paradise. Her home brims with plants and blossoms, and on hot days, she waters her granddaughter, her “most special flower of all,” with the garden hose. But a day comes when Grandma is no longer there to care for the little girl, who feels sad and small and alone until she remembers all that her grandmother taught her — and all that she now has to teach. Full of light and life and the solace of green growing things, this moving and beautifully illustrated picture book explores a timeless bond with warmth and joy.
Review from Books That Heal Kids
By Books That Heal Kids "Roxanne" - October 28, 2010
I couldn't help but to tear up while reading this. It is such BEAUTIFUL bibliotherapy. When I was a child, I would have wanted to read this to help with grief. It's the type of life lesson that puts a smile on your face when you close the book. There is so much we can teach children about what they can do with the memories they have of a grandparent. Author Cecil Castellucci reminds us to take these gifts and wisdom and keep passing them on. In Grandma's Gloves the little girl appreciates her Grandma's adoration of gardening. Her memories are filled with Grandma working in her garden and always having her gloves nearby. A relationship and bond formed out of this hobby. It's the connection to her Grandma. Who knew a pair of garden gloves could mean so much to a little girl. They mean so much that she wants to keep the tradition alive...so lovely.
By book grandma - May 30, 2012
I bought this book for the grandchild of a deceased friend.
I have found using a book as therapy is most helpful to the young child in understanding and coping with life's difficulties.
I read many books from the library and this one fit my friend, as she loved to garden.
Grandma does not make it to the end of the book!
By Debra - March 14, 2013
Something I wish would have been made a bit more apparent to me prior to purchasing this book. it was meant to be a gift for a coworker, who loves gardening and was expecting her first grandchild. I "Looked inside the book" and found no mention of the fact that the poor child would at some point find her beloved grandma slumped in a chair, DEAD! As the dark ghostly figures take away grandma, the girl cowers alone, at the base of a staircase, gripping a blanket. In the explanation to the child, her dear Grandma is lumped with a ratty dog and a tree with the phrase, "Everything dies one day." Thank goodness my friend has a wonderful sense of humor and we all got quite a laugh at it. Lessons learned; do more than "Look Inside the Book" and don't buy this book!
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