Synopses & Reviews
Set in the Bronx during the 1950s, when postwar immigrant children were placed in their first American classrooms, this delightful story tells of the riotous linguistic misunderstandings of Josephine's first day of school. The daughter of savvy Italian engineers, Josephine has lived in the city long enough to have learned a few words in English, but is overcome when her teacher makes her stand up in front of the class and tell about her life in Italy-in English, of course. The result is a charming tale of adventures and multicultural miscommunications as Josephine attempts to make herself understood. Children will come to understand that sometimes people underestimate the talents and dignity of newcomers to the United States and will embark on a poignant journey as Josephine tells her incredible story the best way she knows how and attempts to understand her English-speaking teacher and classmates.
“The scrapbook ‘stirs memories from babyhood to adolescence and captures what family memories are all about: love” —Creating Keepsakes
“This heartwarming story celebrates memories, and shows the impact a scrapbook can have in the life of a child.” —Memory Makers
“The pictures are beautiful and the story is so poignant that you must be sure to have a tissue handy while you read it.” —About.com
A poignant story of a girl and her grandmother that uplifts and dignifies the experience of aging and loss, tingeing it not with sadness, but with hope and wonder.
A scrapbook of memorabilia chronicles the tender and sometimes zany moments shared between Grandma and her granddaughter during their seaside summers. Pages of the lively scrapbook are interspersed with watercolor-rendered photographs of the girl, now a teenager, as she reminisces about their relationship. The last summer in the scrapbook reveals how their roles have changed. Now the girl guides Grandmas wheelchair to places Grandma once brought her on the back of her bike or in a stroller. This poignant story uplifts and dignifies the experience of aging and loss, tingeing it not with sadness, but with hope and wonder.
About the Author
Josephine Nobisso is the author of Grandpa Loved and Shh! The Whale Is Smiling. She lives in Westhampton Beach, New York. Maureen Hyde is the illustrator of Grandpa Loved.