Published by Candlewick Press
Summary: The narrator describes her beloved grandmother, and how they spent their days together as she grew up in Iran. Grandma never minded her granddaughter following her around and doing the things she did, even when the little girl climbed on top of her during her morning prayers. The two often visited their friends next door–the two girls played together while the women drank coffee and talked. The grandmothers would pray for each other, one in a church and one in a mosque. The narrator concludes, “In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I’ve never loved anything or anyone the way I loved my grandma. She was kind, generous, and full of love. I still want to be just like her.” 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This would be a great mentor text for learning about narrative fiction or writing about a character. The illustrations are beautiful, and interesting facts about Iran and Islam are woven throughout the story.
Cons: It would have been nice to see some other family members interacting with Grandma and the little girl.