Reviewed By: Janice D. Green
Great-Grandma’s Gifts is a children’s book after my heart. My earliest memories of my mother are of her sewing clothes, and like Arlene’s mother, she gave me scraps to play with. So I quickly related to Arlene who learned to love to sew at a very early age. This gentle book begins with Arlene’s childhood and shows how she grew up using her love for sewing to give joy to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with gifts of stuffed toys, dolls, and quilts.
Author Marianne Jones describes the fabrics with word choices and repetition that children will love. The pictures have a soft nostalgic feel that will appeal to the very young, and especially to girls. The opening two-page spread seems a bit wordy for young children, and boys may not take to the story line as quickly as girls. But many will come to treasure Arlene’s spirit of giving home-sewn gifts to her family.
I give Great Gandma’s Gifts four s out of a possible five.
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