My Two Grandmothers

by Effin Older

Other authorsNancy Hayashi (Illustrator)
Book, 2000



Call number

E 500 OLD



San Diego : Harcourt, c2000.


After Lily celebrates Chanukah with one of her grandmothers and Christmas with the other, she plans a special party for both of them.

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LibraryThing member MarthaL
A young girl tells what it is like when she stays with each of her grandmother's. Her Jewish grandmother lives in the city, plays, golf and flies south when it snows. Her farming grandmother lets help drive the tractor and celebrates Christmas. Each grandmother teaches her about traditional family
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foods. In the end there is a special grandmothers celebration. A great story to share in classroom situation when a diversity lesson is needed.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Lily's Grammy Lane and Bubbe Silver were two very different women: one was a farmer, while the other lived in the city; one loved winter, while the other was a "snowbird," flying south for the season; one was Christian, celebrated Christmas, and made red flannel hash, while the other was Jewish,
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observed Hanukkah, and served gefilte fish with (extra hot) horseradish sauce. But although they came from different backgrounds, and had different traditions, Lily's two grandmothers both loved her, as she loved them. How, Lily wondered, could she bring the two of them together in one tradition...?

With an engaging story that is sure to appeal to children of interfaith families - one in which the different traditions are less of a "problem" to overcome, than a challenge (and pleasure) to reconcile - and sweet watercolor and pencil illustrations that are humorous and full of fun, My Two Grandmothers is a pleasure to read. Although I think it will probably appeal most strongly to children of interfaith marriages, the active involvement of Lily's grandmothers in her life, make it a title I would also recommend to those looking for stories that celebrate the grandparent-grandchild bond.
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