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Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  10 reviews
With its beautiful imagery and vibrant illustrations Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? celebrates the relationship between old and young, while touching on the subject of aging in a subtle, lyrical manner.

Denise Vega's graceful, rhythmic dialogue combine with stunning art from Hula Lullaby's Erin Eitter Kono to tackle a tough subject with a graceful and spiritual touch.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Diane Kress Hower
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Simply by looking at the cover, you know that this book has interesting artistry. Flipping through the pages, it is seen that the pictures pull imagination with reality in an absolutely beautiful fashion. The colors are vibrant and the images are very pleasing to the eye. I could easily imagine a child staring at these pictures for hours and imagine mine will too in the years to come. (Due in August, btw).

The story is a conversation between a granddaughter and her grandmother discussing the eff
I think this is great book for kids, especially when the lose a grandparent. It explains all the changes they see in their grandparents, but it also gives them hope that while their physical body is gone, the grandparent will always live in their heart and memories.
Jenny Young
Grades K-2



The illustrations are created with acrylics and pencil on watercolor paper.

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The story and text flow wonderfully with the illustration in this book. The words and phrases follow a pattern throughout the story which would make it a good read aloud for younger children. The story shows the relationship and bond between a grandmother and the grandchild. The illustrations flow throughout the book and it is definitely my favorit
Colorado Author Denise Vega won Colorado Book Award in Children's Category 2010. Illustrations by Erin Eitter Kono remind me of Tar Beach but have a hispanic flavor. I didn't love this as I think it's too sweet and right out there, for my tastes. I wanted to, because I'm finding I have all the traits of the grandmother, white hair, dimmed vision, quieted hearig, plucked teeth, curved back, bent fingers, slowed legs, and curved feet. On my second read I did like the language better, so this just ...more
A grandmother reminds her granddaughter of some of the good times they have had together. She tells her that the angels are going to come take her away but that she will always be right there in the granddaughter’s heart. The grandchild will ask a question that the grandmother then answers. It is all in poetry form.

I liked that it rhymed and showed a good relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild.

This is a story that everyone can enjoy. The Question/Answer format works well and uses themes kids are likely to think up themselves. It reminds us of the positive influences a grandparent can have on a child.

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Christine Turner
A story in rhyme about the relationship between old and young and about growing older.

Wonderful illustrations.
Beautiful imagery portraying how a gandmother's love will endure, even after her hair goes white and her eyes go dark.
A sweet book about being old and explaining why for a young person to understand.
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