Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: Wild Girl and Gran by Nan Gregory

Synopsis: In British Columbia, a girl and her loving grandmother share time together. Wild Girl plays in a giant oak tree, imagining she is a pirate or a cowboy, encouraged by Gran, who sits knitting below. Then, the old woman disappears into the hospital. This abrupt transition, marked with the images of a gnarled hand and a medicine spoon, is followed by visuals of the oak tree in the autumn and winter. The child describes her feelings of anger and frustration, and her shock at finally seeing Gran in the hospital, where she dies. In the spring, when the girl sees "the oak grove greening," she is ready to spread her grandmother's ashes, grieve, and invite her mother to see her in the tree. (From the Book)

This is a lyrical, bittersweet book about dealing with the death of a grandparent. The paintings were gorgeous, the words wove and swept, and were sweet and deep. I enjoyed this work, even though it brougth back the hurt of the loss of my own grandmother.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 8-13-2011
Pages: 25

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