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Book Title: God of Grandma Forever|
The size of the: 541 KB
Edition: Front Street
Date of issue: April 23rd 1997
ISBN 13: 9781886910690
The author of the book: Margriet Hogeweg
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:In exploring translated children's books from the Netherlands for my international children's lit class, I came across this quiet and unassuming upper-elementary book about that other kind of grandma - not the warm and cuddly grandma we're used to seeing depicted in television shows and picture books, but the prickly, cranky one we don't usually see in mainstream media. Maria is a feisty young girl who is forced to navigate her rocky relationship with her querulous grandmother when her grandma moves in to her attic, much to the young girl's chagrin. Grandma Forever, as Maria refers to her because she "was so terribly old (she was ninety-three)", does not coddle her young granddaughter and she doesn't fawn over her - but she does tell her strange Bible stories with a twist and call her names like "miserable mouse" and "dummy". Maria's affection for Grandma Forever develops in spite of herself, and the impression the old woman leaves on the young girl is deep and indelible, even after she is gone and Maria must struggle to reconcile her feelings about her loss.
This is a special book that is warm and highly readable.. Like many Dutch imports I've read for this age range, the narrative is lean and engaging, dark and funny at the same time. I recommend seeking this book out for a good read and a different perspective on an inter-generational relationship than that which we are used to seeing in mainstream kid lit.
Read information about the authorMargriet Hogeweg lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She was born in 1966 on the island of Curaao, Netherlands Antilles, in the Caribbean. She is by profession a journalist and works for Dutch Radio. The God of Grandma Forever is her first novel.
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