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Last Updated: Jan 10th, 2011 - 11:11:15

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I Love to Visit My Grammy - Review
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Apr 15, 2008, 16:49 PST

A new picture book called I Love to Visit My Grammy by Mary Crowley, a former elementary school teacher, celebrates the special time spent between a grandmother and her granddaughter, Penelope.

Many picture books ignore the level of language used in the story, oftentimes making the book more appropriate for a parent reading to a child, rather than the child learning to read along with the parent. I Love to Visit My Grammy is broken into short simple sentences, which makes it good as a first reader for young children. I do wish that Mary had watched her word list a little more carefully with this in mind. Although the story appears to be written for the earliest readers, words like cinnamon, flamingo, and collection move the language into a slightly older bracket. With that issue aside, the writing is accessible and the story is well crafted.

Mary Crowley also illustrated the story, and I have to say that I am a fan of her soft, yet vibrant watercolor illustrations. They are simple, yet full of color and filled with enough detail to make the images engaging without being overwhelming. My favorite set of illustrations shows Penelope and Grammy painting large pictures pinned up to the wall. Mary’s experience as an art teacher definitely shows. Penelope’s drawing is typical of how young children draw people, embellished stick figures. Grammy is definitely the subject of Penelope’s painting and she’s holding a beautiful flower. Meanwhile Grammy’s painting is more sophisticated, and shows a delightful little portrait of Penelope.

I think that Mary Crowley’s picture book, I Love to Visit My Grammy, is a wonderful story to keep in any parent’s or grandparent’s library. It’s a delightful way to celebrate the bond between the generations, which at times seems to be disappearing in this frantic world of ours.

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