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Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez
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Jan 30, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: mc-literature
Read from January 27 to 30, 2010

Every summer, a young boy (the author) happily packs his bags to spend the hot, sticky days with his grandmother in the city. They spent each day "wrapped up in the world of music". Sifting through the stacks of records, grandmother and grandson would dance around or sketch the covers of the albums. On a very special day, they get a visit from the grandmother's nephew, who is a musician in a band from Puerto Rico, which is where the grandmother grew up. They invite them to be special guests at a concert in the Bronx. During the show, the lead singer dedicates a tune to the grandmother, and they boy watches as she and the crowd cover their hearts with a hand in a special gesture that shows their longing for a place far away.

This light, touching story shows not only the bond between the boy and his grandmother but articulates the power of music to the reader. Elementary aged children will be inspired by the dreamy illustrations in this story that tells about a very important event in a young boys life.

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