My Grandma is Coming to Town

My Grandma is Coming to Town Cover

My Grandma is Coming to Town

By Anna Grossnickle Hines; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763612375, 24pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2003


When a familiar phone voice is suddenly there in person, little Albert develops a major case of shyness, but it’s nothing that sharing some favorite rhymes can’t cure.

Hark, hark, the dogs do bark,
My grandma is coming to town.
She’ll fly in a great big airplane,
Up in the air and down.

Even though Grandma lives far away, Albert loves talking to her on the
phone and receiving the gifts she sends in the mail. So he’s thrilled that Grandma is coming to visit - until the moment she arrives, when he
suddenly feels strangely shy. But thanks to their favorite rhymes and a bit
of make-believe, a long-distance grandma becomes a wonderful reality in
this sweet, cheerily illustrated story about a special family tie.

About the Author

Anna Grossnickle Hines has written or illustrated more than fifty books for
children. Among her inspirations for MY GRANDMA IS COMING TO TOWN is her first grandson, who lived far away when he was born. She couldn’t visit him very often, but once when she did, she taught him how to play pat-a-cake, and he always associated her with the game afterward. Later, when the author was reading one of her books about a grandmother to a group of children, one mentioned that her grandmother lived far away, while another said, "My grandpa flies on a big airplane." That was the beginning of this story.

Melissa Sweet lives in Maine with her family and her dog, Rufus, who sometimes gives her nose kisses. She is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including LOVE AND KISSES and ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING. About this book she says, "When I was little, I was very shy when company came over, so I completely understood Albert’s dilemma. I had a favorite stuffed sheep I probably hid behind. Luckily, Albert has Nosey."