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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Grandmothers are special people. Whether you call them Grandmother, Grandma, Granny, or Nanna, they’re still pretty special. With school out for the summer, what better place to visit than Nanna’s home. A young girl enjoys so many special moments with her Nanna, how lovely she smells, her charming laugh, and her patience as they spend time in the kitchen and talking, sharing stories: “She always fixes food with love as our laughter radiates from the kitchen.” And then there are the simple activities, like sitting on the porch at night, talking, and catching fireflies: “At night we sit on the porch and talk about my hopes and dreams, while I try to catch fireflies in my hands to watch them gleam.” There’s nothing and no one like a grandmother to make one feel good about themselves (no matter what color their skin) and their life.
Quisetter White’s picture book story, Country Summers with Nanna, is a sweet, endearing story about that treasured bond between a girl and her grandmother – her beloved Nanna. The story is told in rhyming verse with beautiful, colorful illustrations to help carry the story along. The plot begins with the last day of school, the exciting journey to Nanna’s house in North Carolina, and the simple pleasures she shares with Nanna during her summer visit. There is so much we can learn from our grandparents; so much love to share. There will be tears in the eyes of young and old alike as they read this charming, heartwarming story. Beautifully told – makes me think of my special summers spent with my grandmother (Gran).