Category Archives: Book Reviews for Ages 3-6

Paris Hop!: An A is for Aging Book Review

In Paris Hop! (MB Publishing 2014, ages 4-7) delight in all the distractions Paris offers as a grandmother and granddaughter explore it en route to the “tippity-top” of the Eiffel Tower. What begins as a race to reach it within … Continue reading

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Bridging Cultures: Sitti’s Secrets and Grandfather Counts

Use your “own experiences in everyday surroundings as a bridge to connect with faraway family members,” says author Alayne Kay Christian. Those words of advice from a long distance grandmother in the trenches also holds true for grandparents when they … Continue reading

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6 Picture Book Bios Show the Joy of Long Lives

I’m a big fan of picture book biographies, especially since finding six that showcase the arc of a long life well-lived. And when the subject labors with joy and tenacity at a career that brings them happiness and satisfaction late … Continue reading

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Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa: An A is for Aging Book Review

                    When I imagine grandparent-hood, I think of the sweetness of regular interactions with a young child dear to my heart. But in reality, like the granddaughter and grandparents in Butterfly … Continue reading

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Nana in the City: An A is for Aging Book Review

In Nana in the City a young boy is intimidated by the brash sounds and sights on his first visit to his Nana’s new apartment. (Clarion Books 2014, ages 4-8). However, his grandmother obviously revels in her bustling urban setting–she … Continue reading

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Henri’s Scissors: An “A is for Aging” Book Review

Henri’s Scissors is a picture book bio of artist Henri Matisse featuring burgeoning creativity in old age–and the cherry on top? Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter is herself past midlife—a veteran artist showing us her own talents. She traces the early life … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to read “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”

    A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip and Erin Stead, is no longer a new book, but you know that old is good…right? (Roaring Brook Press 2009.) I’m pretty certain this beautiful blockbuster, a Positive Aging picture … Continue reading

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Rosie Revere, Engineer: An A is for Aging book review

It’s not often that I begin with the ending, but I’m primed for the very last page of Rosie Revere, Engineer –it was Women’s History Month in March. Author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts dedicated it:  “With gratitude to our … Continue reading

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10 Positive Aging Picture Books for Pre-schoolers: Promoting love of life…and reading!

We all want our children to live long and healthfully, but did you know that merely tweaking the images of aging they’re exposed to could add years to their lives? The earlier the better when it comes to protecting kids … Continue reading

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Two Picture Books about Nelson Mandela, a Wise Elder

I was born in the same land, South Africa, as the esteemed Nelson Mandela, but I wasn’t very proud of that fact. Unfortunately, despite my family’s 300 year history in South Africa, we were of the white minority whose government … Continue reading

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