Look at Me, Grandma by Valerie Mendes

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A visit from his grandmother and dreams of a great-uncle he never knew help prepare Jamie for his role as big brother to the new baby who is about to arrive from the hospital.

About Valerie Mendes

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Valerie Mendes was Head of the Textiles and Dress Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Katherine Paterson's international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the U.S. and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, she was the 1998 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and was recently given the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts by her home state of Vermont. Her latest novel for Clarion was The Same Stuff as Stars. She lives in Barre, Vermont, where part of this story takes place. Katherine Paterson is the recipient of the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which celebrates her life's work. Claire Fletcher gained acclaim with her first picture book, The Snow Angel.
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The dreams also, however, yield an eeriness to this work and lend a kind of unnerving, haunting air, especially when Jamie’s new baby sister arrives home sporting Callum’s same red hair and green eyes.

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The relationship between Jamie and Callum is too sketchy to overcome these shortcomings in the text, despite illustrations that depict Jamie's connection to the dead boy and to his new sister.

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