NANA THE GREAT COMES TO VISIT
SERIES: Nana the Great #1
AUTHOR: Lisa Tawn Bergren
ILLUSTRATOR: David Hohn
GENRE: Children’s Picture Book
RELEASE DATE: March 22, 2022
This joyous, energetic picture book from the bestselling author of the God Gave Us series celebrates the unique ways grandparents help children gain confidence.
It’s always a good time when Nana comes for a visit! Nanadoesn’t mind making a mess while building forts. Nanaplays checkers to win. Nana encourages climbing high, savoring dessert, and playing hopscotch. In short, everything’s more fun with Nana and her spunky outlook on life!
Nana the Great Comes to Visit celebrates the countless ways grownups help children learn to believe in themselves—and assures children that a grandparent’s love stays with them always.
What. A. Sweet. Book!
I grinned big all the way through Nana the Great Comes to Visit – the text & the illustrations complement each other perfectly and make it a fun reading experience for young & old alike. It also touched my heart and made me a little teary (in the best way!) since Nana the Great reminded me of my own grandmothers and the special bond I shared with them. It evoked great memories for me and a reminder of how blessed I was & how special they were.
Nana is everything delightful and loving. She spoils her grandchildren when she can, but she also doesn’t pretend to let them win at checkers. They have to earn that win, fair and square! She encourages their individuality and their talents, and she achieves that wonderful balance of letting them be kids while also encouraging them to grow and learn. I loved the life and love that Bergren brought to Nana’s character, along with the warmth that just exudes off the pages.
Hohn’s illustrations are the icing on the cake to the story Bergren tells in Nana the Great Comes to Visit. The character depictions will appeal to a diverse range of kiddos (and parents too), and the details he infuses to the setting add to the ‘smile factor’ in the reading experience. (Hint – it’s usually the toddler brother in the background that had me grinning the most from the illustrations.)
Bottom Line: Nana the Great Comes to Visit is a delight from start to finish. The story and the artwork come together with whimsy and heart to keep your little one giggling and feeling like they’ve been given a big hug from Nana the Great herself. The influence of a grandparent on a child’s life can not be discounted, and this precious book reminds us why. A thoroughly enjoyable book for little ones and the adults who read to them!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / fantastic!
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with more than 3.3 million copies sold. Her work includes children’s books, historical and contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. A freelance writer and editor, Lisa lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three children.
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