Title: Grandma’s Purse
Author & Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Themes: grandparents, purses, inter-generational relationships
Today my grandma Mimi is coming to
visit. When Mimi comes over, she always
has a new treasure to share.
When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–candy, hairpins, to tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic!
Why I like this book:
Somehow an ordinary day and an ordinary purse are transformed by that special bond between Grandma and grandchild. This is a colorful magical read about that grandkids will love sharing with their grandpas and grandma’s. It is vibrant, lively, colorful and full of happiness.
Every child likes to share a Mary Poppin’s moment with a grandma. Each item either highlights something about Grandma Mimi, and especially her love for her grandchild.
Vanessa’s illustrations are bright and bold with rich patterns, that reflect Grandma Mimi and her spunky granddaughter perfectly. This story just oozes love.
This is my favorite illustration:
Don’t miss the interview I did with Vanessa this week.
Ask your students to chat with a grandparent, parent or other caregiver and find out what they keep in their purses, backpacks or pockets! Write or draw the list.
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What unusual thing do you keep in your purse or backpack? I keep a Swiss army knife and a Lara bar!