Written by Jo Ellen Bogart, Illustrated by Barbara Reid. Scholastic Canada
My grandma went a-travelling, said what would you have me bring?
“Not much,” said I, “Just a piece of the sky, and a hundred songs I can sing…”
Told from the perspective of a young girl, whose adventurous whose adventurous grandmother brings her back treasures such as an African baobab seed, the sound of an Australian didgeridoo and a Hawaiian rainbow.
Available in French
- Canadian Associations of Children’s Librarians, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal
- Bronze Award, Dimensional Art Director’s Award Show, New York
- International Board on Books for Young People Honour List
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre TD Grade One Giveaway selection
- Ruth Schwartz Award for Children’s Literature
- Mr Christie Book Award
The loving relationship between grandma and granddaughter as each ages is tenderly captured in hugs, smiles, and subtle physical changes.
— School Library Journal
…these illustrations are astonishing. Whether in large, detailed landscapes or dramatic close-ups, the book contains a wealth of plastic effects, from the soft folds and textures of the grandmother’s clothes to the sparkling bubbles of a foamy sea.
Reid’s Plasticine bas-relief illustrations are as spirited and game as the grannie.
— The Globe and Mail
…text and illustration are almost perfectly wedded, resulting in a book that, with its rhyming text, will have children asking to have it read to them over and over again.
— The Boston Book Review
The plasticine illustrations have both painterly and sculptural qualities. Indeed, they are narrative and may be read.
— Canadian Children’s Literature
Age and curriculum suggestions
- Pre-school to grade 3
- Geography, family life, travel, poetry, grandparents