Grandmother's Visit

illus. by Carmen Mok. 32p. Groundwood. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781554989546.
K-Gr 3—This moving tale of love and loss features the special bond between a young girl and her Chinese grandmother. In a gentle first-person narrative, the child explains how her grandmother teaches her the secrets of making rice and shares stories about growing up in China. Grandmother walks the young narrator to and from school each day, until one day, her father takes over. After that, Grandmother's bedroom door stays closed, until one day, only her jade bracelet, photo album, blue jacket, and house keys are left, and Grandmother is no longer there. After her grandmother's funeral, the girl's mother turns on all the outside lights of their house so that Grandmother's spirit can find its way home for one final goodbye. Soft, digitally painted illustrations complement and add to this poignant story, which together capture the comfort of closure, tradition, and memory.
VERDICT This is a wistful, tender story recommended for children who are confronting the loss or imminent loss of a loved one. A welcome addition to collections needing books on death and grief.

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