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Children's Fiction School & Education

Grandmother School

by (author) Rina Singh

illustrated by Ellen Rooney

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Category
School & Education, Girls & Women, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459819078
    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
    $0.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781459819054
    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price
    $21.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781459828100
    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
    $9.99

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Description

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write.

The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her.

Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

About the authors

Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her Indian Canadian heritage, including Diwali Lights, Holi Colors and Diwali: A Festival of Lights, which was nominated for the Red Cedar Award. Rina’s own grandmother never got the chance to go to school. Grandmother School is dedicated to her memory. Rina lives in Toronto with her family.

Rina Singh's profile page

Ellen Rooney is an award-winning designer, artist and children’s book illustrator. Her textural mixed media artwork combines many traditional art techniques, like pencil drawing, painting, printmaking and collage, often combined with digital techniques. She is the winner of the 2021 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for Grandmother School. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in the southern Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.

 

Ellen Rooney's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award
  • Short-listed, The Egghead: Doug Wright Award for Best Kids' Book
  • Winner, BC and Yukon Book Prizes, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize
  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Top Ten

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderful and poignant story about the need for literacy and how vital learning to read is.”

The Globe and Mail

“Gorgeous…Colors are crisp and contemporary…Provides a surprising angle to the growing body of children’s books about gender inequality and the continued work of pioneers like Aaji.”

Booklist

“Offers its readers a poignantly lively picture book that expressly reveals the power and freedom found in words for women across the world. How great a treat it will be to read this book in a grandmother’s lap. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A moving story about family, women and the power of education―when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her.”

Here Wee Read blog

“Joy is evident on the page—and infectious...A spirited book about gender, age, rights, and the importance of education.”

Kirkus Reviews

"The connection between the little girl and the grandmother is the touching heart of this story."

Canadian Children's Book News

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