Nana, Nenek, & Nina by Liza Ferneyhough

Published by Dial Books

Summary:  Nina’s grandmothers live a world away: Nana is in England and Nenek is in Malaysia.  Nina and her family are in San Francisco, so they fly toward the rising sun to get to Nana and toward the setting sun for visits to Nenek.  Nina compares the two homes: there are different toys, languages, clothes, climates, and food.  When Nina’s at home, she misses her grandmothers; when she’s visiting one, she misses home.  But no matter what, Nana and Nenek love her visits and both are good at tucking her into bed each night.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A loving and kid-friendly description of what it’s like to grow up with families from two different cultures.  Both the text and the illustrations do a great job of comparing and contrasting.

Cons:  A map to show the three different locations would have been helpful.

August 17, 2022 at 03:52PM Janet Dawson