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My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin


Title: My Grandma and Me

Author: Mina Javaherbin

Illustrator: Lindsey Yankey

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Type: Non-Fiction

Age: 5-11

Rating: 10/10 🌟

Islamic Content: Muslim family

Concerns: None


This little girl loves her grandma so much. They do everything together; they pray together, they cook together, they sweep together. Their favourite time together is when they wake up to pray their dawn prayer. Little Mina also loved her grandma's chador, she would play tents with them and use her imagination to fly to space while using it as a cape. The little girl and her grandma would visit their neighbour best friends: Annette and her grandma. While she played with Annette, their grandmothers talked, laughed, drank coffee and knitted blankets. Those special blanket were knitted for their mosque and for Annette's grandma's church. The girls even discovered that both grandmas were making special prayers so the other would go to heaven. Little Mina's fond memories of her grandmother, her generosity and kindness pushes her to be just like her, even today.


This beautiful story captivates so many fond memories the author has of her grandma. I absolutely love that she recounts the details of daily life in such a remarkable way; like the baskets of bread, playing hopscotch or her grandma's patience while trying to do her prayer. The friendship they share with their neighbours is profound. Not only does it display true love, bond and affection, it shows the readers the wonderful concept of coexistence. I think the author really did a great job in the story line and as well as the language used to describe this special relationship. It will definitely inspire us to rewind through our memories we shared with our own grandmothers. I do find that the facial expressions on the illustrations to be quite flat, I wish they would have shown more emotions.

Available: any mainstream Bookstore




Feb 13/2020

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