In this story of an extended family, three grandmas accidentally buy the same book for their granddaughter, and they then launch into a gift-purchasing battle for supremacy. The well-intentioned grannies race all over the Internet and town to buy the best present, the one that will win the affections of the child. The poor postman is the one left with delivering gifts of clothes, toys, DVDs, and trinkets until the little girl’s home is packed to the rafters with stuff. Finally the little girl emerges as the voice of reason and points out she cannot wear or play with all of the stuff being bought, but instead wants to spend time making memories with each grandma. In this day and age of families with multitudes of relatives, the message that time is more important than stuff comes through loud and clear.
Battle of the Grandmas is a great story about a girl who is bombarded with gifts from her three distant grandmas. To many times family members will try buying a child's love, and it happens more often than we think. All of a sudden grandma number 1 is the best because they bought the child everything they wanted. The problem with this mentality is one, the child becomes spoiled, and two, children are intelligent and will soon pick up really quickly on who they will ask to buy them things. In this story, the child didn't ask for the gifts but is given more than what she can play with or even wear. They are items she didn't want.
The author does a great job pointing out that all the girl really needs is to know that she is loved. Time spent with a child is more important than material items, especially as they get older. Hearing them laugh and doing things together is what a child truly remembers, not the items that were given away as presents or to the goodwill. Children of all ages will enjoy this 34 page picture book and the lesson that unfolds.
About the Author
Anthonette Klinkerman is a public school English teacher and public speaker. She teaches English at a night high-school for at-risk teens, and conducts her award-winning mobile etiquette school, Courtesy Bootcamp, for businesses during the days. Battle of the Grandmas was written first, but actually is her second published book. Her first book is titled Courtesy Bootcamp: a not-so-gentle reminder to live by The Golden Rule. Married in 1999, Klinkerman was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Colorado in 2000. Her husband, also a teacher, was raised in Littleton, CO. Their one daughter is working on her art skills daily in preparation for mommy’s next book. The family does their best to keep up the visits with the relatives from in-town to those in California over breaks from school. When she is not speaking, writing, or grading papers, Klinkerman enjoys reading, golfing, hiking, and skiing, and exploring the restaurant scene to satisfy her inner “foodie”.