With Love, Grandma XOXO
by Helen Foster James, illustrated by Petra Brown
Sleeping Bear Press, 2018
Between receiving letters from Grandma and the allure of attending Camp Grandma, this story hooked and reeled me in.
Grandma goes away on her own adventure, but sends notes to her grandson each week. Each letter has a new greeting, from “Snickerdoodle,” to “Ahoy, Matey!” Each letter is filled with love and familiar phrases, such as “shwashbuckling adventures,” jokes and rhymes. Tucked in here and there is education, like the meaning of “plein air”. Each page is filled with activities Grandma will do when she returns. Love flows on each page in both words and illustrations. Because each greeting and each adventure are so unique, readers can’t wait to hear what comes next. Perfect for the youngest readers-to-be.