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In Grandma’s Arms (2001): Perhaps More Kidlit than Pre-lit

Jayne C. Shelton, In Grandma’s Arms (Cartwheel Books, 2001)


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Over the elbows and through the wrists, to grandmother’s arms we go…

Cute little item about the power of stories in the hands of the right teller. Surprisingly long, and more complex than the usual board book, which makes me happy. On the other hand, the rhyme scheme feels forced on occasion (not often), and the rhythm stumbles a time or two (again, not often). Recommended for slightly older children, those who are actively learning to read rather than the pre-lit set in general, but well-done illustrations and a soothing rhythm should be workable for infants as well. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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