Grandma's purse

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Book - 2018

"When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse."--

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Picture books
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2018.
First edition
Physical Description
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Main Author
Vanessa Brantley-Newton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A small black girl excitedly awaits the arrival of her grandma Mimi, who brings her large, colorful purse, full of treasures and surprises. Warmth and love spread over the pages as the two enjoy their time together. The purse is not magical, but it seems that way to the girl as Mimi shares her lipstick, perfume, hairpins, sunglasses, earrings, scarf, candy, and phone. A beautifully decorated change purse prompts Mimi to recall the story of how the girl's grandfather brought it back from Japan, and a stack of family photos reminds them of other happy memories. The little girl wants to be just like Mimi, as she tries on and tries out each item. The best thing is found at the bottom of the amazing pocketbook. Removing the gaily wrapped package, the little girl discovers a smaller purse just for her, ready to hold all of her unique supplies. Gouache, charcoal pencil, and digital tools create an exuberant mélange of brightly colored, cheerful images, perfectly matched to the cheerful tone of the intergenerational story. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A little African American girl eagerly awaits her grandma Mimi's arrival, because when Grandma comes, there is always a treasure in her purse! This visit is no different. With each item she removes from the purse comes an explanation from Grandma about how that item will come in handy ("You never know what you'll want to have with you!") or a bit about its sentimental value ("This coin purse holds my coins, of course, but it also holds memories"). Brantley-Newton's vividly colorful images paint the happiness the little girl feels in her grandmother's presence. By story's end, the child has taken everything out of grandma's purse and either tried it on or played with it, except for that very last thing in the bottom of the purse that has the girl's name on it! That special gift could lead to another book about this delightful family, or at least, we can hope so. This grandmother confidently seems to impart self-confidence and style to her granddaughter. VERDICT A strong intergenerational choice for any picture book collection.—Jennifer Steib Simmons, Anderson County Library, SC Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An energetic ode to time shared with a grandmother follows the experiences of a little girl who looks forward to her visiting grandma's warm hugs, sweet treats and seemingly magical purse filled with fun things to explore. By the creator of Let Freedom Sing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Spend the day with a grandma and granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in their favorite accessory, a perfect gift this Mother's Day!

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats...and her purse. You never know what she'll have in there--fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it's pure magic!

In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary.