Children’s Book Wednesday – Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci

A child who loses a beloved grandparent finds comfort in carrying on the activities they shared in this sweet, genuine look at a universal rite of passage.

Grandma is always on her knees in the dirt, with her gardening gloves on, talking to her roses and laughing with the birds-of-paradise. Her home brims with plants and blossoms, and on hot days, she waters her granddaughter, her “most special flower of all,” with the garden hose.

But a day comes when Grandma is no longer there to care for the little girl, who feels sad and small and alone until she remembers all that her grandmother taught her — and all that she now has to teach.

Full of light and life and the solace of green growing things, this moving and beautifully illustrated picture book explores a timeless bond with warmth and joy.

It’s not very often a children’s book brings tears to my eyes but this one did. Beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect book to share with a child who is dealing with the death of a loved one. In her first picture book Cecil Castellucci used her memories of her own grandmother’s love of plants as an inspiration for this touching book.

This book along with a pair of gardening gloves would make a perfect gift for a child who has lost their grandparent.


Childrens Book Wednesday is a feature started by The Crazy Bookworm. Since I adore children’s picture books I’ll be joining The Crazy Bookworm by sharing at least one picture book each week.