O'Leary, Sara

Maud and Grand-Maud

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Kenard Park. "On special Saturdays, Maud goes to Grand-Maud's house and doesn't go home until Sunday," begins this warm story about a young girl's weekend visits to her grandmother's city apartment. In matching plaid flannel nightgowns that go "all the way to the floor," Maud and Grand-Maud eat breakfast for supper ("No matter what you like to eat for breakfast, it somehow always tastes better at suppertime") and watch a movie ("as long as it is in black and white") before nestling down in adjacent twin beds. Maud's bed is special "not just because Maud always has good dreams when she sleeps in it, though she always does" but because under the bed is an old wooden chest, full of treasures from Grand-Maud. Some are from a store (watercolor paints or a toy) and others handmade by Grand-Maud (a sweater). But best of all are the ones from when Grand-Maud was a little girl. For these are the treasures (a rock shaped like a heart, an old photograph, a book) that give Maud insight into her grandmother's life and provide room to dream about the day when she might have a granddaughter of her own. Pak's watercolor, pencil, collage, ink, and digital illustrations use touches of periwinkle and rose-red against a muted background to reflect the warmth and safety of Grand-Maud's home and the tender intergenerational bond that is the very heart of this story.


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