When I was growing up, we didn’t visit my grandparents very often.
We lived on a farm and had cows to milk. It was hard to find someone to milk our cows while we were gone.
Also, my grandparents lived in a different state and it took all day to travel to see them.
I have the blessing of living close to my grandchildren. Our oldest son and his family live the furthest away — only a 3 hour drive.
It’s always a delight when our grandchildren come to visit or when we can visit them!
Jo Jo and Gran-Gran All in a Week by Laura Henry is a sweet children’s picture book that captures the anticipation that grandchildren — and grandmas! — feel as they look forward to visiting each other.
Jo-Jo tells her friends that her grandmother visits her on Sunday and brings her special treats.
Gran-Gran tells HER friends that every Sunday she visits her granddaughter.
Each day of the week, Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran tell people that in just a few days they will visit each other. I love this picture of Jo-Jo talking on her phone with Gran-Gran telling her that there’s only 4 days until they can see each other.
Finally, finally it’s Sunday and Gran-Gran goes to Jo-Jo’s house and they joyously hug each other.
When we see one of our grandsons, he runs pell-mell toward me and envelopes me in an extremely tight hug! He’s getting so big that he almost knocks me over! But, his enthusiasm is the same that Jo-Jo feels for her grandmother.
There are several reasons why I really like the book. First, I enjoy the illustrations by Amy Bradley. While they are simple, they are so sweet and appealing. The pictures above show just how delightful they are!
Another reason I like this book is that there is a lot of repetition for beginning readers. As kids are learning how to read, they need to see the words over and over so that they can learn them. Sometimes, books for beginning readers are boring. Not so with this book!
Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran do a variety of interesting things. Jo-Jo plays in the sand, goes to a park, goes to the library, and goes to a birthday party. Gran-Gran has lunch with friends, goes to the bank, works in her garden, and takes a dance class. (Go, granny, go!) This is MUCH more interesting than the books back when I was a beginning reader. (Remember Spot, Dick, and Jane?)
l like that both of them are eager to see each other. This shows that they love each other and are an important part of each other’s lives.
I like that they have a tradition of regularly spending time with each other. I think it is so important that grandparents and grandchildren take time to be together. This strengthens their relationship — and creates fond memories for everyone!
But, best of all, I love to read books to my grandkids and I love having this in my library so that I can read it to my grandchildren. Snuggling with grandkids and reading books together is one of the best activities that grandparents can do with grandchildren.
You can purchase Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran All in a Week for $12. Ten percent of all of the proceeds go to the Jermain Defoe Foundation that supports homeless, vulnerable and abused children on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. (I LOVE that island!!)