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Nana's cold days
Badoe, Adwoa.
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Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 68184.
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Nana is coming to visit from Africa, and grandsons Ken and Rama have been looking forward to her visit for months. But it's icy cold when she arrives, and all she can do is drape herself in bed covers. No one can dream up a way to entice Nana from her nest until she becomes ill. When Nana feels better she quickly takes the situation in hand and solves everyone's problems once and for all. Full-color illustrations.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Eye-catching, eclectic collage artwork by debut children's book illustrator Junaid is the hallmark of Badoe's (The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories) tale of adjusting to a new country and climate. Nana, just off the plane from Africa, finds it hard to adjust to a North American winter. " `Br-r-r,' she said. `It's too cold for living things.' With that, she buries herself under three blue top sheets, three red blankets and three pink comforters, and she wouldn't come out for anyone or anything." Junaid evokes the cold season by enshrouding the sleeping Nana in a top sheet pieced from several photographs of leafless, silvery-blue birch trees. Nana's family, each wearing distinctive clothing cut from pictures of palm trees, pine forests, mountains and beach grass, lovingly bundle her up and, later, try unsuccessfully to wake her. Their faces, composites of black-and-white images, sport wide, toothy smiles, and large, black pupils provide expression. Junaid's unique mixing of color, form and texture sparks visual curiosity. Badoe infuses a rather uneventful tale with a spicy sampling of African culture, describing "hi-life music from Africa" and traditional palaver sauce and plantains. Nana eventually surprises her family when, after developing the croup (the remedy for which is breathing in cold air), she throws open the window and reveals that she's been wearing a snowsuit under her robe. What little readers learn of the characters is conveyed through the artwork from this impressive first-time artist. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-When Nana leaves the warmth of Africa, she declares the North American winter "too cold for living things" and buries herself under a pile of sheets, blankets, and comforters. Her family tries to lure her out with the sounds of African Hi-life music and the cooking smells of her favorite palaver sauce and plantains, but to no avail. It is only when the doctor arrives and declares that cold, fresh air will cure Nana's croup that the old woman hops out from under her covers and declares that now that she knows cold air is good for some things, she'll be outside the next day making snow angels. The collage illustrations have a stark look that suits the somewhat somber tone of the text. The story contains elements of humor, with the grandma bounding from one extreme to another, but overall, the tone of this book is rather bleak.-Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.