The Care and Keeping of Grandmas (Hardcover)

The Care and Keeping of Grandmas By Jennifer Mook-Sang, Yong Ling Kang (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Care and Keeping of Grandmas (Hardcover)


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When grandma moves in, a precocious child shares her tips for making her feel at home in this funny picture book, for fans of How to Babysit a Grandma.

It can be discombobulating for all involved when a grandma moves in permanently. Fortunately, our narrator has gone through it and has LOTS of tips on how to make your grandma feel at home.

In a story filled with humor, confusion and moments of sweetness, Jennifer Mook-Sang introduces us to a delightful family dynamic and a grandma who doesn’t really need the help settling in but appreciates it anyway. As Grandma goes about her days, her well-meaning granddaughter sees her caring for her plants, and makes sure that Grandma is getting the proper care too.
JENNIFER MOOK-SANG was born in Guyana, South America, and moved to Canada at the age of fourteen, where she eventually got two degrees in psychology. Reading picture books to her two sons, Matt and Ben, inspired her to become a writer. When she isn't writing, Jennifer likes to read recipe books and cook things like biryani, cassava pone and guacamole. She can also twist a mean balloon animal. Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario.

YONG LING KANG is a freelance illustrator raised in Singapore and currently living in Toronto. She has worked in animation studios and a publishing company and has illustrated picture books including Rodney Was a Tortoise, Tanna's Owl and This House Is Home.
Product Details ISBN: 9780735271340
ISBN-10: 0735271348
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
"This specific story of a household gaining a new member is told in a broadly applicable way that will feel familiar to many families. Warmth and love shine through this tale of intergenerational bonding." —Kirkus Reviews

"Immediately establishing a tongue-in-cheek tone, Mook-Sang’s wry take on how an East Asian-presenting family adjusts when Grandma moves in is . . . a homey, humorous take on two figures establishing routines in a shared habitat." —Publishers Weekly

"The light, airy illustrations perfectly capture the bits of life that unfold on the page, and the often unspoken but tender care the unnamed protagonist takes with her grandmother is heartwarming and evocative of how so many young ones view their roles when a new person moves into the home." —School Library Journal

"[F]ull of ironic, humorous moments, both in the text and the illustrations. . . . The Care and Keeping of Grandmas will appeal to families and will be especially useful for those with relatives making that transition." —CM Reviews

"[A] moving depiction of the unique relationship of elderly grandparents to their youngest family members. The minimalist text demonstrates how sometimes words are barely necessary." —Imaginary Elevators

"The Care and Keeping of Grandmas does a great job explaining to children how grandmas need time to adjust when moving to a new place. . . . [A] heartfelt reminder that our elderly deserve just as much love and care as anyone else." —Young Adulting

"The Care and Keeping of Grandmas is truly a heartfelt and beautiful story with just a dash of humor along the way. . . . [It] can be hard to adjust in a multi-generational home. But with some love, patience and a bit of care, it is truly possible to make it work." —Momma Braga

"You can't do better than reading along with the narrator of this warm and engaging tale about a young girl who puts her heart into making Grandma comfy in her new home. . . . [E]nchanting ink and watercolour pictures by illustrator Yong Ling Kang provide unusual depth to this picture book.”  —Oakville News

"[This] book offers a sweet, gentle primer on how to deal with the sudden arrival of a grandparent into the family midst."  —Quill & Quire

"[E]xplores multigenerational families using a mix of humour and heart-warming sweetness." Quebec Library Association