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Grandma's Gloves
by Cecil Castellucci
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Cecil Castellucci addresses the loss of a beloved grandparent in this touching picture book. The little girl who narrates the story explains how she loves spending time with her grandmother and helping her in the garden.

Then one day her grandmother is taken to the hospital and afterwards she is never the same again. The child explains that Grandma doesn't recognize family members any more. Grandma thinks Mama is the hairdresser come to do her hair for a party and that I am her childhood friend, the child says. She speaks to me in French, because that's what she spoke when she was little, before she grew up and met Grandpa and came to this country.

Eventually the girl's grandmother dies and the child has a hard time coping with the loss until she finds Grandma's gloves. Not only do they serve as a reminder of the good times the two spent together but the gloves also inspire the girl to start her own garden.

This would be an ideal story to read to a child five years of age or older who has lost a loved one, especially a grandmother. This is always a difficult time but perhaps this book will help the youngster cope with the loss.

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