This is not an app…
In honor of Grandparent’s Day, I agreed to color outside of the lines a bit and review an honest-to-goodness paperback book in my blog about apps. I do love books, after all. And the review had to go somewhere… so here goes…
“Bonny Pea had a problem. She wanted to be a grandma. But not just an ordinary grandma. She wanted to be one of the best.”
Written, illustrated and published by Marta Cappa, this sweet book tells the tale of one grandma’s desire to be the best she can be in anticipation of the arrival of her first grandchild. With the help of two young friends, Bonny Pea examines all of the qualities needed to be a good grandma only to find she falls short on all counts. She doesn’t bake, or sing, and can’t even grow a houseplant. And she doesn’t yet have a special grandma name, only for her grandchild. But she doesn’t give up and in the end Bonny Pea finds that she is, in fact, the perfect grandmother for her precious grandchild.
While reading the story, I can’t help but think of my own children’s grandmothers and how each one is unique and special in her own way. (Because we are a blended family we have more than your average number of grandmas.) As mentioned in the story, each of “our” grandmas has her own special name only for the grandchildren to use. And each grandma shares special talents with the grandchildren, whether it’s a soft hug, singing a lullaby, painting, knitting, gardening or baking. And I realize that the beauty of the story is that no matter what talents a grandma does or doesn’t possess, there is one universal trait that all grandmas share: love for their grand babies. In fact, it is impossible to read such a heartwarming story without wanting to run out and hug your grandma, or anyone’s grandma for that matter.
The Best Grandma in the World by Marta Cappa is a touching reminder of the special bond between children and their grandparents. It would make a perfect gift for that special Grandma on Grandparent’s Day (Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012). I have already ordered a copy for my own mother, who much like Bonny Pea eagerly and anxiously awaits the birth of each grandchild. Her newest grandson (my nephew) is due in November, but I bet her suitcase is already packed and waiting by the door. Gotta love grandmas.
A low resolution PDF file version of the story was made available to me for review purposes.