As her grandmother's health declines, a young girl begins to lovingly take the lead in their cosy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose paired with evocative illustrations by Mexican illustrator Claudia Navarro make for a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.
AGES: 4 to 9
AUTHOR: Every autumn AJ Irving remembers her grandma by sipping tea, painting trees and dancing under falling leaves with her two children. She writes picture books and poetry on her big back porch in a little town near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Claudia Navarro has illustrated many books for children , including the critically acclaimed La Frontera: El viaje con papa / My Journey with Papa for Barefoot Books. She says she hopes to be like the grandmother in this story one day. Claudia lives in Mexico City, Mexico.
This book gently addresses the topic of loss in an age-appropriate way, and demonstrates how traditions can be used to carry on the memory of a loved one. The love between grandmother and granddaughter is palpable throughout. Lyrical text draws parallels between the turning of the seasons and the stages of life. Claudia Navarro, illustrator of La Frontera, sensitively renders characters whose faces and body language convey a range of emotions.