Don’t Call Me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Don't Call Me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Don’t Call Me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. 2016. Mixed media of paper collage, pastels, and watercolors

Brief summary: A great grandaughter tries to understand why her Great Grandma Nell (who insists on being called Grandmother) never gives hugs, kisses or plays. This story portrays a grandmother who takes sips from a glass ¬†with a yellow liquid all day and is cranky. We are never really told of her life’s story of why she is void of affectionate towards her great grandchild who obviously loves the matriarch. The little girl gives a ¬†kiss to the sleeping woman even though she is scared of Great Grandmother Nell.

Comments: This could be used in a character study. Not all grandmothers are cuddly and bake cookies all day. The expressions on the old woman’s face are the best. Some children may understand about the liquid in the glass the women sips from all day. It is part of her character.