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Grandmothers and their relationships with their grandchildren. There is nothing like it. Watching Gramma and Oma with my son…. it’s something that makes my heart smile. In this whimsical tale, Bubbie’s Magical Hair, we get to see the relationship between a Jewish grandmother and her grandchildren. In this sweet hard cover book Bubbie’s curls wind through the tales she has lived, stories to share with her grandchildren over cookies, seasonal activities and just life in general. Those stories reminding us of the joy, comfort and inspiration grandparents bring.
What I am Reviewing
A story about a Jewish Bubbie and her connection to her extended family in Bubbie’s Magical Hair. A 34 page hardcover book colourfully illustrated by Lynda Porter. You’ll see Bubbie’s hair floating through all the activities she engages in with the youngsters. Sedro Publishing allowed this family relationship book to be brought to light. I am reviewing on behalf of Ascot Media Group. Good for children up to grade three.
Looking Deeper Within
Bubbie’s Magical Hair is all about the relationship of a Jewish grandmother and her grandchildren. As you stroll through the pages you’ll see Bubbie cleaning, telling stories, making cookies, playing outdoor activities during the different seasons, laughing and playing during bathtimes and other life activities. Through it all… Bubbie is there, a constant source of kindness and care. Familial connection at its best.
The text is large, a dark font that flows through the activities of grandma and grandkids. You will find the pages chock full of colour. Due to the lack of white space around the words. I occasionally found it hard to read when I did my normal read-aloud to see how the words flow.
Isn’t it fantastic to see all the ways that Bubbie is integrated into the entire life of her grandchildren? And the whimsical way that Abbe Rolnick incorporated it into the story, well done.
Young readers will also be introduced to differently named grandmothers around the world such as Abuela, Mormor, Obaa Chan, Oma and Halmoni.
Should it be on your shelves?
I don’t know to be honest. There is much that I appreciate about Bubbie’s Magical Hair, but losing the words in the illustrations, and the use of the hair weaving through everything just put me off. I really don’t know. I guess I didn’t get the symbolism of the hair, and then she cuts it off.. and I do not understand why she made that decision.
Are the illustrations worth it? Perhaps. They do provide tons of talking points, and maybe the point of the hair will make more sense to folks of Jewish origin? I don’t know.
I love the inclusion of what grammas are called in various cultures. 🙂 She captured a nice variety of them from all over the place… included my very own of Oma! (Perhaps one day I might be one????) BUT NOT YET! 🙂