Grandma’s Gloves

Grandma’s Gloves, written by Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Julia Denos, was a nominee for the 2012-2013 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

The young girl in this story loves spending time with her grandmother, especially in the garden. Grandma teaches her everything she knows about gardening. When Grandma becomes sick with Alzheimer’s disease (based on the context of the story), the girl points out that Grandma always remembers to feed and care for her plants.

Eventually, Grandma passes away, and the girl is extremely saddened by the loss of one of the most important people in her world. She finds solace and a closeness with her grandmother’s memory in one of the things that she and her grandma shared–gardening.

While I dread using this book for a read-aloud (I can already see myself breaking down in front of a bunch of 1st graders), I think this book deals with a topic that nearly all young people will have to face–the death of a loved one. Grandma’s Gloves demonstrates that it’s okay to be sad and that the memories of those lost can always be kept alive.

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