Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: My Granny Went To Market

My Granny Went to Market My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone
  Barefoot Books
  Age 3-7

In this children's book, readers are taken on a magical carpet ride as she zips around the world picking up items representative of each country's culture.  She gets nesting dolls in Russia, kites in Japan and drums in Kenya.   All in all, Granny visits ten countries and has quite a collection of souvenirs as the book ends.  The book achieves a few things - it teaches counting as Granny picks up an increasing number of items in each country; it teaches rhyming with the sing-song narration and most importantly, it introduces children to world cultures.

I read this book with my 3 year old niece and 7 year old nephew - he was able to read it while she counted up the items in each country.  The illustrations are detailed and vivid so they drew the kids in and gave them something to talk about on each page.  I love to travel and have been to some of the places visited by Granny so it was nice to talk about that with my nephew as we read the book.  It is certainly a book children can go back to again and again because there is a lot to be discovered in each  reading.  When I found the book hiding in my niece's bed one night, I knew we had a winner!


  1. I love that this book explores other cultures and reenforces counting too. It looks like a winner!

  2. What a fantastic idea for a plot! I definitely will look for this - the illustrations sound great!

  3. What a great way to make counting fun. The fact that your niece took the book to bed with her is a great endorsement :)

  4. Perfect new cousin book! Thanks, Colleen!

  5. I love the premise! It seems like this book does a great job with reinforcing counting/math but also in introducing new cultures.

  6. No better endorsement than finding it hidden in your nieces bed! Glad you enjoyed it so much.