My Grandma and Me is a heartwarming, autobiographical story. Mina Javaherbin and Lindsey Yankey have created a beautiful book.
I first saw this book some months ago and instantly thought I would love to read this. I’m pleased to see that though there is lots still to be done in regards to diversity in children’s literature, my daughters have access to texts like these.
Mina Javaherbin has shared beautiful memories of her life growing up in Iran with her dear grandmother. Readers get such a detailed insight about the two of them together and though the picture book includes much text, it is simply written making it an accessible read for 3 year olds and up.
Through the text readers discover that the family are Muslim. We learn that grandma wakes up early for prayers, she fasts in the month of Ramadan and she worships at the local mosque. Some vocabulary included within the text are recognisable Urdu words. However, a glossary at the end of the book would have been a lovely addition in making many readers more confident about the Persian they are reading.
The sweet memories shared are brought to life by Lindsey Yankey’s gorgeously tender illustrations. From precious moments shared between grandma and Mina to joyful memories of Mina being young are illustrated with such love and attention to detail. The palette of colours included are light and inviting with Iranian culture woven well into the artwork.
This book has been so enjoyed by my girls and I. It is lovely to learn about such a wonderful grandma who sounds like a beautiful soul. An individual who had so much love and care for others and clearly adored her granddaughter very much. There is so much we as a family can relate to but ultimately the book is a universal read about a wonderful relationship between a grandma and granddaughter.
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