Grandma's Gift: 05/20/15
Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez is an autobiographical picture book about the Christmas when he realized he could be an artist. The book follows young Eric as he and his family prepare for Christmas, by making tamales and decorating.
Then his grandmother takes him across town to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Although they are the only Hispanics on the bus and they only ones in this part of town, inside the grandmother wants him to see the artwork by another Velasquez, Diego.
Here he sees himself and his calling. Grandmother, being attuned to the heart of her grandson gives him his first box of paints and the encouragement to paint his world, his way.
As someone who spent many an afternoon at the San Diego Museum of Art, I can relate to that sense of wonder and the sense of belonging.