Maya Rose Chooses a Grandmother

Children - Social Issues
36 Pages
Reviewed on 10/30/2017
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Maya Rose Chooses a Grandmother by Alice Phoebe Naylor is a heartwarming story of an Indian girl who is adopted by an American woman. Maya Rose, as she is named, lives near the ocean and she likes to play with her friends and also in the water. She goes to the Appalachian Mountains in America at the age of three with her mother. Maya Rose is introduced to Alice and she secretly decides to make Alice her grandmother. As the story progresses, readers get to see the bond between Maya Rose and Alice grow. The book also introduces readers to festivals like Diwali and Easter. The author handles the topic of adoption beautifully and will touch the hearts of readers with this story.

The best part of the story is when Maya Rose lists what it means to have a grandmother. There is so much love emanating from those lines and children will be able to relate to Maya Rose’s words. The illustrations are adorable and they breathe life into this beautiful story. They make all the moments in the book vivid. It is a story that can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms, and teachers and educators will be able to help students understand that a safe and secure child will always be able to overcome life’s obstacles and achieve their maximum potential. It is a good bedtime storybook too for parents to read out to their children. Many adopted children will find the story of Maya Rose real and will be able to connect with her feelings. The concept behind the book is adorable and all the characters are lovable and memorable.