Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?: a review

Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? by Denise Vega

With its beautiful imagery and vibrant illustrations Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? celebrates the relationship between old and young, while touching on the subject of aging in a subtle, lyrical manner.

Denise Vega's graceful, rhythmic dialogue combine with stunning art from Hula Lullaby's Erin Eitter Kono to tackle a tough subject with a graceful and spiritual touch.

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Simply by looking at the cover, you know that this book has interesting artistry. Flipping through the pages, it is seen that the pictures pull imagination with reality in an absolutely beautiful fashion. The colors are vibrant and the images are very pleasing to the eye. I could easily imagine a child staring at these pictures for hours and imagine mine will too in the years to come. (Due in August, btw).

The story is a conversation between a granddaughter and her grandmother discussing the effects of aging as from the vision of a child. It is an incredibly creative way to explain the various effects of aging that are not normally explained to a child. On each page, the granddaughter asks the grandmother if the angels have come and done something such as covered her ears, and then the grandmother explains yes and why to prepare her.

Each page has a great rhythm and this is easily a good read-aloud book. I recommend it, and once you have read, I believe that you will too.

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Denise Vega wrote her first children's book when she was twelve years old. Her short stories have been published in a number of children's magazines including Spider, Highlights and Pockets. She is the author of Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade).

Erin Eitter Kono was raised in the Midwest, studied Art History in England, then became a Flight Attendant and traveled throughout the world. Her work is inspired by the cultures and places she loves. She has illustrated Hula Lullaby (which she also wrote) and Passover!

Little Brown and Company
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9-3/4" x 9-3/4"

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