Celia and Nonna by Victoria Lane
Published by Ford Street Publishing
Celia and her Grandmother, Nonna, have a loving relationship with regular sleepovers at Nonna’s house where Celia gets the kind of special treatment for which grandparents are renowned. Celia has a collection of favourite playthings at Nonna’s house. She cooks treats with Nonna and when it is bedtime, Nonna reads stories to Celia until she is ready for sleep. However, when Nonna becomes too forgetful to live independently, she must move into a new and smaller home and Celia must adjust to the limitations that arise.
While Celia and Nonna is a picture book that explores serious issues concerned with ageing and change, the story and illustrations combine to create a tone that is both reassuring and warm. Best suited for independent readers aged 6-9, Celia and Nonna is also an appropriate inclusion for literature-based reading programs across all primary school grades. To increase readability for readers with dyslexia, the type face in Celia and Nonna is OpenDyslexic font. Teaching notes can be found here and illustrator Kayleen West’s recipe for Nonna’s teddy bear cakes can be found here.
The enduring bond between Celia and Nonna is an impressive affirmation of the mutual benefits of positive intergenerational family ties.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Victoria Lane
Illustration: Kayleen West
Title: Ceila and Nonna
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
Published: September 2014