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Davis, Ascher.

Toronto, The Women's Press, c1985. unpaged, paper, $355, ISBN 0-88961-099-1. CIP

Grades 3-7
Reviewed by Fran Newman

Volume 14 Number 4
1986 July

I wondered when I read this little book if the author had been the little girl whose grandmother lived at their house and was "always in the way." It would seem to be a rare thing nowadays for such an arrangement. This particular grandmother is not welcome, since she leaves her teeth everywhere, puts her knitting needles where they can be sat upon, and sleeps in the child's bedroom. These, plus other resentments, make the smaller female unhappy when asked to sit with her sick grandmother one day. Told in no uncertain terms to "GO" (written in large, emphatic letters upon the page, she discovers that her grandmother is a real person; better yet that grandmother did the same things when she was young as this granddaughter now does, that this grandmother was, my goodness, once eight years old herself. The book ends with the words "She knows every game and story ever invented. And she's teaching them ALL to me." In other words, a firm friendship has evolved and that is a beautiful theme. The pencil sketches are childlike, but effective. Interestingly, I am about to begin a unit on aging, together with a grade 7 teacher in our school. I plan to use this book for one of the lessons. I like it very much indeed.

Fran Newman, Murray Centennial P.S., Trenton, Ont.
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