What Do You Call Your Grandpa?
ABC Books, 2020
32pp., hbk., RRP $A17.99
In every country around the world are grandpas short and tall,
Though they go by different names, we love them one and all
A Poppy here, a Grampa there – or maybe he’s a Pa?
Turn the page, let’s meet a few of the finest near and far…
My friends and I are definitely in the grandparent generation and amongst us there is a Grandma, a Nonna, a Nanna, a Gr’Anne, a Biddy, a Mimi and a Gran. But all the grandfathers are either Granddad or Poppy. Not much diversity at all. So this is an interesting book, both delightful and enchanting, that takes the reader on a journey around the world and introduces them to grandchildren and their grandfathers and the special names they are known. Who knew there were so many? Saba, Taid, Vô, Babu, YeYe, Koro, Bompa, Nua Nua, Daada, Belo, Nonno, Lolo, Kaku, ..so many terms of endearment from so many languages and cultures, all of which are identified in the glossary on the final page.
Despite the many terms though, what shines through this story in rhyme is that no matter where we are, that special relationship between a child and their grandfather is universal and the memories made are enduring. As well as teaching little ones new names – I can envisage of wall display of photos of the children’s grandparents and the special names they call them, especially as the author invites the reader to share – this would also be a grand book for those who are learning English as a new language because they will delight in seeing their own culture represented in a way that connects us all.
Our family? Very ordinary. One of us is Grandma Gruesome and one is Grandpa Grumpy! And we work hard to live up to expectations!