Battle of the Grandmas

Children - General
34 Pages
Reviewed on 07/15/2013
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Author Biography

Anthonette Klinkerman is a public school English teacher, a wife of 14 years, the mother of one daughter, a natural ginger, and a public speaker. She is a San Diego, CA, native, but moved to her husband's native state of Colorado in 2000.
Klinkerman is also a business owner, having started her mobile etiquette school, Courtesy Bootcamp™ in 2009. She has since worked with numerous businesses to improve their inner office workings by providing a crash course in courtesy as a "people development" class. One of her clients took a national award in Human Resources in 2010. Recently the state of Wyoming approved Courtesy Bootcamp™ for relicensure credit for Human Resources professionals. In her professional women's association, the Colorado Business Women's group, she has twice been nominated for Woman of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and once for Business of the Year in 2012.
Klinkerman based her children's book, Battle of the Grandmas" on a true-to-life incident involving her daughter and her numerous relatives. Within a day her daughter received the identical personalized book from two relatives and the story poem was born.
Klinkerman has always had a gift for creating rhyming tales and has honored each of her relatives on birthdays with a rhyming "ode".
"If I can make myself laugh, then I am pretty sure I can make others laugh," Klinkerman says.
This children's book will not be her last. She has plenty of ideas to go in regards to extended families and the mayhem that ensues.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

I just finished reading The Battle of The Grandmas by Anthonette Klinkerman. I absolutely adore this book! The premise of the story is one little girl with three sets of grandparents all vying for her love and attention. As so often happens, the little girl is wiser than the adults. They shower her with gifts of clothes, toys, and trinkets until her home is overflowing with stuff. She doesn't want clothing; she doesn't want toys; and she doesn't want trinkets. The little girl wants her grandparents to spend time with her, to take her to the park, to read to her, to show and tell her they love her.

We live in a world of blended families. Rarely do children have only 2 sets of grandparents the way we older folks did when we were growing up. This can cause a sense of competition between grandparents, which can result in spoiled kids and hard feelings. I am the grandmother of twelve precious grandchildren. Yes, we are a blended family. They all crave and love one-on-one time. Children need to know that, no matter at what age they came into a grandparent's life, they are loved. Sometimes you receive the precious gift of a child as a newborn and sometimes it is as a half grown or fully grown child; it doesn’t matter because they are all precious.

Anthonette Klinkerman is a talented and wise author. The illustrations are whimsical as is the rhyming text. I loved the beginning:
“There once was a little girl who couldn’t live in a shoe;
She had so many relatives she didn’t know what to do…"