My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin


Back of Book:
While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. 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, Mina Javaherbin’s words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey’s illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.
My Review:
I was so excited to get the opportunity to hear Mina read her fantastic book this weekend. I completely fell in love with this story and illustrations.
This book beautifully showcases the strong relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter.  The whimsical text allows readers a glimpse into a world rich with culture and identity.
Mina shares her fondest memories of praying, eating, and learning lessons with her beloved grandmother. The story shows readers the value of respecting and listening to a wiser generation. It also allows readers to draw parallels between their own life, and that of Mina.    The illustrations by Lindsey Yankey are gorgeous! The soft muted colors enhance the story and allow readers to feel like they are there. There are short notes from the author and illustrator about the connection that they still feel to their grandmothers. A must-have for classroom and elementary libraries.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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