In my Grandmother's House
From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-This collection of short stories, all by granddaughters, is really a collection of memories, with some liberties taken. Many of the writers were able, often for the first time, to see their grandmothers as women of a different time who profoundly influenced their lives. The 12 selections are moving in many ways. An old painting in the basement allows Cynthia Leitich Smith to see her grandmother for who she really is, and to see herself in a new light as well. Minfong Ho shows how her grandmother's life in Singapore, so completely different from her own in upstate New York, is still so strongly connected. Diane Stanley uses her grandmother's own words to describe a very unusual childhood. Beverley Naidoo pieces together a picture of the mentally ill grandmother she met briefly before her death. Ji-Li Jiang and Alma Flor Ada share stories of women who were politically and socially active until their deaths. Each story (except for Beverly Cleary's) is followed by a brief author's note bringing a bit more insight to the story. Simple but evocative pen-and-ink drawings suggest old family photographs rescued from a dusty album. While this anthology features characters who are several generations removed from today's readers, many of the concerns are universal and the appeal should be broad.
Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Gr. 6-12. "Perhaps the mystery of grandmothers is related to the past we never knew, including the inconceivable fact that our parents were once children," writes Christensen in this powerful anthology of family stories. The selections, written by some of the best-known authors of children's books--among them, Beverly Cleary, Diane Stanley, and Jean Craighead George--vary in viewpoint. Some are written from a confused child's perspective, some from a reverential adult's. In her beautiful essay,... read more
In this unique collection, twelve of today's most acclaimed children's book authors take us on a journey to the grandmothers' houses of their memories. Some of the stories are sweetly nostalgic. Others are heartbreaking stories of difficult, or even absent, grandmothers. But each celebrates the sometimes warm, sometimes tense, always special relationship between grandmothers and their granddaughters.
A tribute to the women who shape our families and our lives, these are stories to read, to share, and to treasure.