Recently, I was trawling through the book shelves of my local library when I discovered ‘Grandmother’s Song’ by Barbara Soros, and illustrated by Jackie Morris. This picture book is set in a village located in the heart of Mexico and focuses on the beautiful and sacred relationship between a grandmother, her granddaughter and their landscape.
‘Grandmother’s Song’ is a celebration of the interconnection of all things and how touch fosters deep bonds, especially between people, helping them to grow and thrive in life. This is tenderly explored through the story’s main plot;
during her childhood, the granddaughter faces many challenges and through her grandmother’s touch, she is blessed with the grace, courage and strength of her ancestors. In our culture we tend to place great emphasise the sense of sight and this book gives a gentle reminder of the power of our other more subtle senses and the importance of deep listening.
The narrative also honours core Mexican beliefs and practices, such as the continuity of life. It poignantly illustrates the Mexican belief that even after leaving our world, the spirit of loved one’s endure and at certain times and occasions, they return and communicate with their family. One such time is during the fiesta, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Meanwhile, this book is beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated by Jackie Morris, whose eye for detail brings the Mexican landscape and her beautiful people alive on the page.
For these reasons and more, I recommend strongly this book highly to both families and to educators, who are seeking inspire children to learn about other cultures, particularly Latin America. I loved this book so much that I purchased my own copy. The book is available from Amazon. Click on the link below to go to the Amazon store.