________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 12 . . . . February 6, 2009

nanawhatdoyousay cover Nana, What Do You Say?

Ranee Lee.
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, PQ: Pirouli, 2007.
41 pp., hardcover, $15.00.
ISBN 978-2-922754-08-7.

Subject Headings:
Grandmother and Child-Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 5 / Ages 5-10.

Review by Deborah Pethrick.

*** /4

excerpt:

“My name is ‘My Love’! Well, not really. It’s Christian, but that’s what my Grandmother calls me whenever we speak on the phone or when we see each other. She is always so happy to see me. She smiles and hugs and kisses me and she always says: ‘Hello, my love."

There is something special about the relationship between children and their grandparents. In the picture book, Nana, What Do You Say? author Ranee Lee writes from the perspective of a child named Christian. Christian has a particularly wonderful relationship with his grandparents. He describes the pet names Grandma has for him and other family member. He talks of the farfetched stories Grandpa retells: “My Grandfather is a funny guy, he tells us stories about when he was in the Service of the Emperor. Or when he climbed a mountain, or fought monsters, bears and pirates…most of us just laugh and say: Yes, Papa we know!”

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     Christian tells readers of the hugs and kisses always waiting for him and of feeling special. In a child’s eyes, grandparents are always available, rarely say no, are always ready to play the games you want to play, and toys seem new every time you visit. Even though the rules are the same as at home, they never seem so bad. Sleepovers are special, and there is always time for a bedtime story. Most importantly, Christian tells how his grandparents make him feel important, a feeling so necessary in a child’s life.

     Lee also did the illustrations. Interestingly, she did not draw faces on the characters, leaving it to the imagination of the readers possibly to envision their own family’s faces on the pages. Nana, What Do You Say? was inspired by the author’s personal experiences and was conceived from her song of the same title. Ranee Lee is an award-winning jazz vocalist.

Recommended.

Deborah Pethrick works in a K-8 school library in Winnipeg, MB.

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