I have had the privilege of reviewing three of Janet Halfmann’s books to date, and I have enjoyed each one of them. Her newest title, Grandma Is a Slowpoke, is a nature story that highlights a sweet relationship between an elderly grandmother and her young granddaughter. It is a very simple story of the grandmother and granddaughter going on a walk together, stopping along the way to observe many animals in their habitats: cardinals, ants, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, geese, muskrats, and fireflies. Written from the granddaughter’s perspective, this simple story shows us the natural world through the granddaughter’s eyes. In addition to the natural world, we also view the relationship as she sees it–that they’re walking slowly because “grandma is a slowpoke.” Of course, while this may be true, it is the reason why they are able to observe so much about nature.
I read this one to my boys after a long day at co-op today, and it was a calming oasis in a very hectic day. I was particularly tickled to see that the cardinal is the first animal they encounter in the story, and I was able to share with my boys that I saw a female cardinal on our deck this very morning. Michele Coxon’s animal illustrations are particularly lovely and realistic. A two-page spread at the end of the story that gives more details about all the animals encountered in the story is a nice bonus. As always, we give this Janet Halfmann nature book a Highly Recommended. (Star Bright Books, 2015)
Special thanks to Janet Halfmann for sending this book our way!
Reviews at Hope Is the Word and related links:
- Animal Teachers by Janet Halfmann
- Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann
- Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish by Janet Halfmann
- Janet Halfmann’s website