Just Like Grandma

by Kim Rogers (Author) Julie Flett (Illustrator)

Just Like Grandma
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

In this lyrical picture book by Kim Rogers (Wichita), with illustrations by Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree Julie Flett (Cree-Métis), Becca watches her grandma create, play, and dance--and she knows that she wants to be just like Grandma.

Becca loves spending time with Grandma. Every time Becca says, "Let me try," Grandma shows her how to make something beautiful.

Whether they are beading moccasins, dancing like the most beautiful butterflies, or practicing basketball together, Becca knows that, more than anything, she wants to be just like Grandma. And as the two share their favorite activities, Becca discovers something surprising about Grandma.

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Kirkus Reviews

Illustrator Flett's (Cree-Métis) signature, spare style pairs well with author Rogers' (Wichita) simple, repetitive text... A sweet celebration of family, intergenerational bonds, and traditions.


Starred Review
A tender and touching tribute to the loving, reciprocal bonds of intergenerational relationships.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"In traditional Native American families, grandparents and Elders have always played a significant role in raising and educating children," writes Rogers (an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes) in this work's author's note, and her picture book debut tenderly centers one such relationship. "More than anything," young Becca wants to be "just like Grandma, " a refrain that follows the days as Becca watches Grandma beading a pair of buckskin moccasins, painting a glorious sunrise, and dancing Fancy Shawl at the weekend powwow. Each spread sees Becca learning from her elder before the two engage, together, in the activity, leading up to a family meal: "Together they flutter like the most beautiful butterflies/ Grandpa has ever seen, / until the sun dips below the tree line/ and he calls them in for fried chicken." The formula flips when Grandma asks Becca to teach her to play basketball, and their practice sessions help Becca at team tryouts, and provide a lens for grandchild and grandparent to appreciate their shared story. Textured, earth-toned art from Cree-Métis illustrator Flett (Still This Love Goes On) foregrounds the two figures, who cue as Wichita, while the text emphasizes a love of family and sense of tradition that anchor this subtly told story's world. An author's note and glossary conclude. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Tricia Lawrence, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.)

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Publication date
January 24, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV015010 - Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Daily Activities
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV011040 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
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