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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698118367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698118362
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Young Tommy struggles through his happy childhood having two nana's. He loves both of them very much. One is his great grama and the other his gramma. One is very old and stays upstairs, so she is nana upstairs and the same with nana downstairs. One day, n.u. dies and tommy is sad. He wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a shooting star. His mommy says it is a kiss. Well as tommy grows, the same happens to n.d. It happens all over again. I loved this book, it made me cry when i first read it when i was 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct. 1998
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This book is a true gem. Your child (and you!) will fall in love with the sweet and simple story about a young boy and his beloved grandmothers. The illustrations are sensational, and they evoke the same meaningful feelings the text doles out. This book will give everyone who reads it a greater appreciation for life, for loved ones and for children.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Horgan on 8 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
Tommy loves to visit his Grandma and his Great-Grandma, who lives with her. Grandma can be found downstairs, whilst Great-Grandma lives in an upstairs bedroom. Tommy's relationship with his elderly relatives is one of tenderness and child-like joy despite the brusqueness of his older brother. As both ladies end their earthly lives Tommy is comforted with thinking he sees something in the night sky that shows they have a continued existence.

What I liked. The peaceful tone which enables a small child to enter a positive relationship with those near the end of their lives. Our society is often dismissive of the elderly and this is a welcome foundation for a more caring attitude.

What I disliked. As a Christian the connection Tommy feels with both ladies after their deaths reflects a wistful desire that something should continue but fails to ground this in the solid hope of the resurrection, or of Christ's promises of entering his presence after death. Wise parents can supplement the book with these thoughts.

Overall - one of the most thoughtful children's books on how to relate to loving elderly relatives in the eve of life.
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Tomi DePaola once again demonstrates his sensitivity in this loving story of a boy, his Nana and her eventual death. Wonderful for young children dealing with the aging and death of elderly people.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 13 Feb. 2004
By ChristineMM - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful tale of a 4-year-old boy's close relationship with his 94-year-old great-grandmother. His great-grandmother lives in the upstairs bedroom of the house with his grandmother and grandfather, who play a lesser role in the book. The little boy has a weekly routine of visiting "Nana Upstairs" and sharing mints with her. It is nice to see an elderly person being cared for in the home of relatives rather than in a nursing home! She is so frail that she can't sit upright unassisted, so she is tied into a chair. Don't worry; this is not a scary thing! The little boy also insists on being tied in, so they can be alike. Eventually Nana Upstairs dies. This is not over dramatized and my children were not upset about this, perhaps because the boy is comforted when he sees a falling star in the sky and thinks it is a sign that Nana Upstairs is sending him a kiss. Years later we see the boy as an adult and we find out that Nana Downstairs has died, and he sees another shooting star and is again comforted.
This is a lovely picture book representing a strong bond between a grandparents and their grandson. If you enjoy this book, you'll also like Tomie DePaola's "Now One Foot, Now the Other".
I learned of this book by reading an analysis of it in the book "Inside Picture Books" by Ellen H. Spitz, which is a very detailed analysis of the content of picture books focusing on themes of bedtime, separation, grandparents, death, children's behaviors/manners, and a child's self-concept and self-esteem.
My 3 and 6 year old sons love the book as do I! We originally borrowed it from the library but this is one we'll have to buy so I can keep up with their repeated requests for it!
The older version has pictures in pink, tan, and black. The new version has more colors in the illustrations. Both versions are illustrated by Tomie DePaola.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
MOSTLY A BOOK ABOUT LOVE 2 Sept. 2006
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This work was pretty impressive and this comes from one who is not overly fond of the "death and dying" genre of children's literature. This is a story of a young mans relation ship with his great-grandmother and grandmother and the love between them. The book is of course about the loss of a loved one, one who has been apart of your life for as long as you can remember. The subject is delt with in a loving and sensitive way. There are no real tears here, no real sadness, rather a justifiable feeling of loss at first, but then understanding. This is a situation faced by most children from time to time and in fact all of us have probably gone through this sort of expierence. This book is quite useful in talking to children about the subject of death and approaches it in a very positive way. This illustrations are great and the text is simple, to the point, and follows the illustrations quite well. This is one of those books that I think either the parent or teacher could well read with the child as is is bound to bring up some good questions. Recommend this one highly.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It was sweet and sad at the same time. 26 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Young Tommy struggles through his happy childhood having two nana's. He loves both of them very much. One is his great grama and the other his gramma. One is very old and stays upstairs, so she is nana upstairs and the same with nana downstairs. One day, n.u. dies and tommy is sad. He wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a shooting star. His mommy says it is a kiss. Well as tommy grows, the same happens to n.d. It happens all over again. I loved this book, it made me cry when i first read it when i was 2.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sweet & Beautiful Book 14 Dec. 2007
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Unknown Binding
I felt compelled to write my first ever Amazon review for this wonderfully sweet and loving little gem of a book by one of my favorite children's book authors. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs tells the story of a boy named Tommy (5 or 6 years old?)who visits his two "nanas" (grandmother and great-grandmother) with his family every weekend. It describes the routines and the special relationships he has with both of them. What is so striking about this book is the message of the importance of inter-generational love and respect for one's elders and the unique bond children have with them. Without giving too much of the story away, the ending line gets me everytime, even to this day I can't read it without tearing up. In my opinion it's a "must-have" in every library (children's and adult's.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I <3 this particular story. 19 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a child, a copy of this book was purchased for me by a close friend of the family. I was born without grandfathers, as both died before I was born. My grandmothers were all quite old and it turned out that this book was a comfort to me as they had both died by the time I was seven. Mine is the original colours - brown and pink - but I'm sure this copy is as good if not better. I definately recommend it.
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