Book review: My Grandma & Me by Crystal Bowman, Illustrated by Katherine Kirkland


Grandmothers are special people. I have precious memories of my grandmother teaching me plant flowers and making me eat all my food (not just the cream out of the Oreo). Yet, she also taught me to be generous and kind even when others offend or hurt you. There are lessons that only a grandmother can teach her grandchildren; parents try, but sometimes, it just sticks when it comes from grandma.

That is why Crystal Bowman wrote My Grandma & Me. This isn’t just a kids book; it’s a devotional specifically for grandmother’s to reach to their grandchildren. It’s an opportunity for grandmothers to impart God’s wisdom to young children through poetry and beautiful illustrations. A few topics covered in this devotional include sharing, forgiveness, thankfulness, prayer, and faith. Each page contains a Bible verse, a corresponding poem, and either a prayer or a song (each song can be sung to common children’s songs). I really liked the format of this book. It’s simple with just enough information for a young child’s attention span, yet it imparts profound truth.

I like that it integrates scripture with prayer and songs. The book also contains The Ten Commandments, Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer as well as an introduction section on how to use the book. My daughter is still very young, and so grandchildren are not in my immediate future. Yet, my daughter enjoyed the pictures, songs, poems, and prayers included with this book, and my hope is that as she grows she can enjoy this book with her grandmother too.

My Grandma & Me was a complimentary copy to me to review by Tyndale House Publishers. As a part of this book’s blog tour, I will be giving away one free copy of My Grandma & Me. To enter the drawing, comment below, and tell me why how you would use this book. This drawing will end October 28, 2012.