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I'm Going to Grandma's 07/17/12

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I'm Going to Grandma's by Mary Ann Hoberman, a girl is getting ready for her first solo sleepover at her grandma's house. When she gets homesick, Grandma shares a story and a family heirloom.

My daughter chose the book because we had just come home from our own trip down to my mother's mountain home. It was Harriet's first time at this home and it was both an exciting and but somewhat scary experience, especially the first night.

Like the girl in the book, Harriet listened to a number of family stories while we were there. The home is decorated in part with things from family members no longer living, most of whom she's never met. She does, though, like to the hear their stories.

In the case of I'm Going to Grandma's, the heirloom is a quilt made from the her great-great-grandmother's old and outgrown clothing. It's implied that later generations have also added to the quilt, although I'm not sure if the current girl will also be adding to it with her grandmother.

That repurposing of old clothing struck another chord with Harriet. She has an old shirt from her first year at preschool. It has her picture on it, so it's not something we can, or want, to donate. Instead we've decided to turn it into a pillow.

Four stars

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