My Two Great-Grandmothers by Lisa Aisato is a story about a little girl who has two very different great-grandmothers. One is my two great grandmothers, Pratham books, books on gambia, norwayfrom Gambia and one is from Norway. Both the great-grandmothers live in different parts of the world. While the girl has met up with her Norwegian great-grandmother occasionally, she has never met her Gambian great-grandmother. The story starts telling us how the parents of the little girl met. Then the little girl talks about the exciting life of her Norwegian great-grandmother, when she was young. And then when the girl’s father comes back from a visit to Gambia, her Gambian great-grandmother sends back a gift for the little girl. What happens next and how the little girl learns about the different cultures and different countries is what the book is all about.

The book also touches upon the fact that what is common for a certain community may be a rarity for another, like the gift the Gambian great-grandmother sends to the little girl, is treasured by her forever and even very well appreciated by the Norwegian great-grandmother.

To be really honest, I don’t think the book has anything like a concrete story, but there is a gentle flow of events and incidents in the book which make it very readable. Lovely incidents like the Norwegian great grandmother telling stories to the little girl about her young, interspaced with hummable songs, or the telephone conversation with of the Gambian great-grandmother with the little girl, give us a feeling of warmth. The book also touches upon the fact that what is common for a certain community may be a rarity for another, like the gift the Gambian great-grandmother sends to the little girl, is treasured by her forever and even very well appreciated by the Norwegian great-grandmother.

What we liked about the book

1. Its a lovely way to introduce children to different cultures and countries of the world

2. Since the girl’s father is from Gambia and mother is from Norway, it gives the subtle message of positivity about inter racial marriages

3. The gentle pace of the book coupled with specific incidents make the book a reverting read

4. The illustrations are very eye catching and enhance the storyline in a positive manner

5. The introduction of the concept of death in the book. I think its very important for children to understand that no one lives forever,but introducing them to the concept of death is often a very difficult task. This book introduces the concept of moving on in a wonderful way and something I think will help children understand the concept of death.

This book introduces the concept of moving on in a wonderful way and something I think will help children understand the concept of death.

All in all, definitely a wonderful book to read, and a totally new concept from Pratham Books. Much recommended.

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to IMC by the publisher, Pratham Books. IMC did not receive any remuneration for this review. All views expressed here, are that of the reviewer. 

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