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Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

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A companion to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? and Papa, Do You Love Me?, this beautiful book captures the unique bond that exists between grandmother and grandchild. Set in Hawaii, the vibrant watercolor illustrations and lyrical text combine to capture the lush landscapes and unique traditions of Hawaiian culture, while at the same time conveying a universal messa ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published March 26th 2008 by Chronicle Books
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Crystal Allen
A follow up to Mama Do You Love Me and Papa Do You Love Me. My parents visit Hawaii every year for their anniversary. My husband and I are expecting our first child and it will be my Mom's first grandchild. She cried when she read this!

So beautiful! Truly captures the beauty of Hawaii with the beauty of a grandparents love for their grandchild.
Josie
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a hawaiian girl and her grandmother. No matter what, her grandmother reminds her that she is beautiful and that is why her name is Beautiful.

The media here seems to be watercolor.

I would use this book when teaching about some hawaiian culture. I would also keep it on the classroom bookshelf.
Savannah
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Johna Brown
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ohana
The main idea of this fiction story is the special bond between a grandchild and her grandmother but from a different cultural perspective than my own. Family is a great thing to have and be around. Grandmothers possess warmth and love. The main characters in the story are Tutu (the grandma) and Beautiful.
As a literacy teacher I could use this text in my classroom by learning about different cultures and new Spanish words. I could also do a guided reading lesson with the students as well. An ac
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Julie
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Pre-k through grade 3

I really liked this one. My only small complaint is the way the people are drawn. My daughter couldn't get past why they had half dark half light faces, split down the middle. She couldn't focus on the story because she kept waiting for the explanation on why they were split like that, though it was just an illustration choice. The other aspects of the illustration were really pretty though.

This book gives kids an interesting peek into Hawaiian culture. It uses Hawaiian word
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Jasmine Robinson
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: parents
The main idea of this story is the special bond between a grandchild and her grandmother but from another cultural perspective. Family is a great thing to have and be around. Grandmothers have that warmth and love. The main characters in the story are Tutu (the grandma) and Beautiful. This book is fiction.
As a literacy teacher I could use this text in my classroom by learning about different and new Spanish words. I could also do a guided reading lesson with the students as well. An activity fo
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Ashley Barna
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the story Grandma Calls Me Beautiful written by Barbara M Joosse, a little girl can never get enough love from her Grandmother. Beautiful, the little girls name in the book, asks her grandmother to tell her the story of when she was just a little baby. She asks her Grandma to tell "our story". This book tells a story filled with love. The loving relationship between Grandmother and Beautiful is undeniable throughout the story. It is really neat to be exposed to all the native language that is ...more
Ashley Meyer
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute little story. It talked about being who you are. Many people don't understand they don't have to change for somebody else and that they can be whomever they want to be. If you change as you grow, that is a different story. This story talked about being beautiful all the time. You aren't supposed to let your guard down and say I'm ugly or I just don't feel beautiful today. You are always going to be beautiful in somebody else's eyes if not in your own. This is a big concept even a ...more
Jess Brown
There's a lot to like in this book. First of all: Aloha, Hawaii! I can't remember if I've ever read a picture book that is set in Hawaii and includes bits of Hawaiian culture. What's especially important about this book, though, is how loving the grandmother is with her granddaughter. No matter how she challenges her grandmother, she still can't find a way that she isn't beautiful in her grandmother's eyes. I just love the message of self-love and inter-generational connection. Great for prescho ...more
Chris
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this beautifully illustrated, touching book, a little girl listens as her grandmother tells her their special story. It is an intimate moment between them that we are able to witness through this book. The grandmother tells the story using a string in the first few pages. The little girl has many questions that the grandmother always answers the same way, giving the little girl reassurance and love, and imparting to the girl some of the traditions of her people. The end of the book holds a gl ...more
(NS)JenniferA
In Grandma Calls Me Beautiful, by Barbara M. Joosse, the author tells a story of a young Hawaiian girl an her close relationship with her Grandmother. The story flows nicely the way it is written. The author uses some words that are most likely unfamiliar to those who are not from Hawaii and therefore provides the reader with a rich exposure to the Hawaiian culture. Children of many cultures can certainly identify with the loving relationship between the Grandma and her granddaughter. I would re ...more
Sarah Truluck
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because it was about a grandma and I have a close relationship to my grandma. I liked this book, because I could imagine the love that these two characters share for each other. My grandma and I share this same amount of love for each other.
Amanda Andrews
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
The grandma in this book tells her granddaughter over and over that she is beautiful. She makes many comparisons to things in Hawaii, where the story takes place. There is also a word glossay at the end of the book.
Meg McGregor
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
Just what you would expect from the author of Mama, Do You Love Me; this book is as comfy-cozy as slipping into your favorite sweater or snuggling under a warm coverlet at night!

The perfect book at bedtime or any time!
Shannon
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book, because I love "Mama Do You Love Me?", and "Papa Do You Love Me?", which are also by her. This one didn't gel as well for me, but I did really like how it explained many aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture in a way small children can understand.
Brianna
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is really neat! I love how the Grandma compares her granddaughter's beauty to that of Hawaii. It is a great way to teach students about the cultural differences of Native Hawaiians. The illustrations are beautiful and really draw the reader into the story.
PWRL
Jan 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
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Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
so lovely
and heartfelted
and sweet and warm
and tight
Molly
Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is just like Joosse's other books. Will work for a family looking for a sweet Grandma story. Ages 2+
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Barbara Joosse has written many books for children. Among them are Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; and I Love You the Purplest, illustrated by Mary Whyte. She says, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things — a best friend, and something so ferocious it would scare away the monsters under my bed. And so I have written Lovabye Dragon. I think maybe it’s for little m ...more
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