on 26 March 1999
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.
on 13 October 1998
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.
on 8 October 2010
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.