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When I Found Grandma
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When I Found Grandma
When Maya's grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn't last long. When Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and...
When Maya's grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn't last long. When Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and...
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  • When Maya's grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn't last long. When Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and talks too loudly. Grandma's morning prayer bells wake Maya up, and she cooks with ingredients Maya doesn't usually eat. Plus, Maya thinks cupcakes taste better than Grandma's homemade sweets.

    Maya and Grandma try to compromise, and on a special trip to the island Grandma even wears an "all-American" baseball cap. But when Maya rushes off to find the carousel, she loses sight of her mother, father and grandmother. She is alone in a sea of people — until she spots something bobbing above the crowd, and right away she knows how to find her way.

    Saumiya Balasubramaniam's story is an insightful and endearing portrayal of a grandparent-grandchild relationship that is evolving and deeply loving, as Maya and Grandma navigate cross-cultural contexts and generational differences. Qin Leng's sweet, evocative illustrations complement the story and illuminate Grandma and Maya's growing closeness.

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  • Saumiya Balasubramaniam has a Masters in Computer Science and a passion for writing. She received the prestigious Bram and Bluma Appel Scholarship from the Humber School for Writers. The manuscript for When I Found Grandma, her debut picture book, was a finalist in the children's writing competition held by CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and TWUC (The Writers' Union of Canada). She has also written essays for the Times of India and the Globe and Mail. Saumiya lives with her family in Toronto.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 15, 2019
    A child named Maya is curious about her grandmother, who lives far away. When Grandma arrives for a visit, she isn’t what Maya had expected: she dresses in “fancy clothes” (a sari), brings a tray of treats (Maya prefers cupcakes), and rings prayer bells (which Maya hides). But her grandmother agrees to forgo a temple visit for a trip to an island fair, where she wears a casual pair of pants, buys an “all-American hat” on the boardwalk, and finds Maya when she gets lost looking for the carousel. Maya, in turn, tries her grandma’s rice with cashews and grows to love the sound of her bells. Leng presents each interaction between Maya and her grandmother in hushed yet expressive ink-and-watercolor art. Discovering and embracing differences leads to stronger bonds between family members, Balasubramaniam asserts in this subtle, heartfelt story. Ages 4–7.

  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2019
    An assimilated child of the Indian diaspora finds herself culturally challenged when her grandmother visits her family in North America.Maya misses her grandmother and wishes she would visit rather than sending her postcards from many miles away. A few weeks later, Maya has a special surprise waiting for her: Grandma has come to visit! But Maya's excitement doesn't last long. Maya prefers cupcakes to her grandmother's homemade sweets; when her grandmother visits her school, she is embarrassed by Grandma's sari and her loud voice; most of all, Maya does not like it when her Grandma calls her "Mayalakshmi." The narrative comes to a head when Maya loses sight of her family during a trip to an amusement park, and she and her grandmother find each other in more ways than one. Balasubramaniam's honest first-person text and Leng's soft line-and-color illustrations--which deftly and sympathetically convey the intensity of Maya's feelings--explore familial love and the intricacies of cross-cultural and intergenerational relationships between very young children and their grandparents. Maya and her family are Indian and celebrate Holi; they live in a vibrant, diverse urban setting. The use of English names (Grandma, Mother, Father) may strike children like Maya as odd, but it is inclusive of a broad range of children with South Asian heritage. Sweet and honest. (Picture book. 4-7)

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