Just Imagine

My Grandma and Me

Authored by Mina Javaherbin
Illustrated by Lindsey Yankey
Published by Walker

A special book, celebrating the  beautiful relationship between grandmas and granddaughters, which reaches across oceans.

Mina Javaherbin grew up with her grandmother, and in this book she celebrates the closeness of their relationship. They have an incredibly loving bond, which is instantly recognisable. We can all identify with the little girl who ‘helps’ her grandmother by building rocket ships out of her clothes! As children relate to the familiar relationship, they also learn about Javaherbin’s Iranian background. She accompanies her grandmother to mosque, observes Ramadan with her and climbs on her back as she prays. Their religion is an important part of everyday life, but so is sewing, bread buying and hopscotch. Grandma’s kindness and morality is highlighted in the way she treats others, from her dear granddaughter to the poor man sleeping on the street.

The illustrations, by Lindsey Yankey, are detailed and delicate, reflecting Iranian culture through colour, pattern and tone.

On the last page, Javaherbin tells us that In this big universe, full of many moons… I’ve never loved anything or anyone the way I loved my grandma. The similarity of childhood experience across cultures is encapsulated here and brings a tear to the eye of anyone who has lost a beloved grandparent.

A super book with depth and power, this would be enjoyed as a class read but make sure you can read it aloud without sniffling!