“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Grandma’s Gift. Written and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Walker Publishing Company, Inc., c, 2010.
Reading Level: Ages 5-9
Synopsis: In order to prepare for Christmas, Eric’s grandmother purchases all of the ingredients and goes through the process of making a Puerto Rican holiday dish called pasteles. Later, Eric and his Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Eric is enchanted by a painting by Diego Velazquez and this makes him want to become an artist. On Christmas day, Eric is surprised to see that his grandmother has bought him a sketchbook and colored pencils to start him on his dream.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This book could be used to show different holiday traditions celebrated by other cultures and it could be used to show case the special bond created between grandson and grandmother.
Common Core Connection: This book could be used to analyze how specific word choices shape meaning and tone or it could be used to determine the central theme of the text.