Just Like Grandma by Kim Rogers, illustrated by Julie Flett

Published by Heartdrum

Summary:  Becca loves watching her grandma bead and paint and dance.  “More than anything, Becca wants to be just like Grandma.”  She asks Grandma to let her try, and together they bead and paint and dance. After each activity, Grandpa calls them in to eat the foods that he’s prepared.  As Becca gets older, she tries basketball, and Grandma starts to learn from her.  “And Grandma knows that she is just like Becca.”  Includes a glossary, additional information about beadwork, and notes from the author and Cynthia Leitich Smith of Heartdrum.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Heartdrum continues their excellent work with this lovely picture book celebrating intergenerational bonds and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  The repeating text helps readers focus on the details of Becca’s life which includes many Native traditions and arts.

Cons:  I wish the back matter had included more information on Grandma’s dancing.

2 thoughts on “Just Like Grandma by Kim Rogers, illustrated by Julie Flett

  1. I really enjoyed reading the review of “Just Like Grandma” on this website. The descriptive language used to highlight the themes of family and tradition was wonderful. The inclusion of illustrations added an extra layer of depth to the review. One suggestion for improvement would be to include a brief summary of the plot to provide context for readers who are unfamiliar with the book. Overall, a great resource for finding quality children’s books!


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