One, Two, Grandma Loves You

One, Two, Grandma Loves You
Words by Shelly Becker
Pictures by Dan Yaccarino
Published 2021

Seeing family is a special time, and in One, Two, Grandma Loves You we follow a young girl and her grandma as they prepare and wait. We see them planning, counting down the days, the visit, and then the hopeful preparation for the next time.

The text is sparse with a cute rhyme scheme that involves counting after the pattern of “one, two, tie my shoe.” Each set starts with “grandma loves you” – whether it’s when they’re together or not. And the repetition of scenes involving “pics” is a wonderful reflection on the way kids and grandparents feel togetherness through photographs.

The brightness of the art with it’s smooth, bold colors pairs beautifully with the short text. There’s so much expression and humor and emotion throughout the book. Little details, like how the girl’s tongue sticks out just a little whenever she’s concentrating, add an extra layer of character to the story. And who wouldn’t laugh at the situation of trying to keep the parents out of the house so there don’t have to be goodbyes.

This feels best for ages 3-5, but it’s a lot of fun for elementary aged kids as well. It would also make a good gift for a grandma or grandchild who’s missing the other.

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