Grama's hug

by Nielander, Amy,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
May and Grama are a team. They do everything together, from inventing creative projects to going birdwatching to preparing for the annual space fair. And they never, ever say goodbye without a hug. May's love of science takes her far as her inventions win year after year, helped by Grama's support, effort, and love. She travels to space camp and eventually beyond, earning her spot as the first kid astronaut to journey into space. As May prepares for her mission to explore the cosmos, she seems ready to go without looking back, making Grama worried that she will leave without a hug.This picture book explores the importance of treasuring even the smallest moments with people you love with heartwarming illustrations, expressive characters, and delightful touches of whimsy.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After an unspoken tragedy forces May to move in with Grama, the two become inseparable. They stargaze and bird-watch, and as May ages depicted through a clever series of her first-place Space Fair projects, year after year her enthusiasm for aeronautics gradually distracts from her love for Grama. As May departs for sixth-grade space camp, she nearly forgets their traditional goodbye hug, and a month later, she returns with the news that she is going to be the world's youngest astronaut. On launch day, her excitement again sweeps her away from Grama, but as the countdown begins, May stops the proceedings: I am not leaving without a hug! This incredibly tender story packs a lifetime's worth of emotion into 40 pages, from the subtly tragic opening to the buoyant love between May and Grama to the heart-wrenching and ultimately happy ending. Nielander understands the simple power of storytelling, letting her narrative do the work and avoiding getting too sentimental. Her clean illustrations play like a montage, skimming through the beautiful moments of growing up with Grama, and developing the characters along the way. An excellent choice for a grandparent-grandchild read-along, as kids will find inspiration in the dream of being a tween in space, while elders will relish seeing their selfless love mirrored on the page.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When bespectacled May goes to live permanently with her Grama (the reason is not explained, though a child's drawing shows her with people who might be her parents), the two become "inseparable," writes Nielander (The Ladybug Race). They never part without a hug. May grows, and her fascination with birds and flight, encouraged by her doting grandmother, turns into an aspiration to become an astronaut. When May gets to go to space camp, she's so excited that she almost forgets to hug Grama goodbye. Then an even bigger opportunity comes along (involving a real-life space center), and May realizes that more than ever, she needs that hug. The story is fitfully told, with an unsettling moment in which Grama seems almost panicked without the child's farewell embrace. But there is much loveliness in this intergenerational relationship, which hints at change's effect on both child and caretaker. In one of the best spreads, Grama and May cycle past a magnificently leafy hedge, each reveling in a flying fantasy of their own. Wherever these characters go, readers will know that they adore each other heart and soul. Ages 4--8. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction.
Astronautics -- Juvenile fiction.
Hugging -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Astronautics -- Fiction.
Hugging -- Fiction.
Publisher Salem, MA :2020
Other Titles Grandma's hug
Grandmothers hug
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9781624149269
162414926X
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