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“Straightforward text moves the narrative along smoothly, while whimsical and soft illustrations imbue the story with wonder; some pages have excerpts, in Spanish, from Grandma’s notebook layered softly in the background. Readers will emerge feeling just as calm as Julia…A quiet book about the love between a grandmother and her granddaughter.”
Kirkus Reviews

Something About Grandma

Written by Tania de Regil
Illustrated by Tania de Regil
Published by Candlewick Press

On a first solo visit to her grandmother’s home outside Mexico City, a young girl discovers what makes Grandma so special in this enchanting and personal picture book.

At Grandma’s house, where Julia is staying without her parents for the first time, the breeze is sweet like jasmine. Mornings begin with sugared bread, and the most magnificent hot chocolate cures all homesickness. There’s something about this place . . . and about Grandma. Like how she can tell when Julia has been quietly picking limes from the garden. Or that she can see the future–and knows when Julia is about to fall off her bike. Or how she can journey back in time through the stories she tells. In the room where Julia’s mother grew up, her grandmother holds her in a warm embrace–an embrace that Julia will pass on to her family when her parents arrive with her new baby brother.

Look for the Spanish version, Un Verano Especial con la Abuela.

Primary ISBN: 9781536201949

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 4 or older

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Setting: Mexico (Mexico City)

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country,

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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