Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan

Just Like a MamaJust Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan; illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. 2020. Watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and gel pen. Published by Simon & Schuster.

Brief summary: Carol lives with Mama Rose who is just like a mama. In the absence of Carol’s biological parents, Mama Rose takes care of Carol by feeding her, teaching her how to ride a bike, and disciplines her when she decides not to follow the rules. Mama Rose loves Carol just like a mama.

Comments: “A Note From the Author” is in the back.

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.