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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…"