Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie
By Laurie A. Jacobs
Illustrated by Anne Jewett
2012 Winner of the Gellet Burgess Award (Mulit-generational)
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Grandma Tillie tells Sophie and Chloe that she’s ordinary, but then transforms into some really interesting characters. There’s Tillie Vanilly, who puts on a variety show. There’s Chef Silly Tillie, whose specialties include roasted snake toes. And who could forget, Madame Frilly Tillie, whose bath time make-overs make the girls feel very gorgeous. While its fun to see all the things Grandma Tillie can do, in the end, its plain bed-tucker and story-reading Grandma Tillie who is the favorite. Rollicking fun for Grandparents Day or grandmother-themed activities.
The voices for Grandma Tillie’s characters make this a great class read aloud or a reading activity for a cross grade-level activity. Grandma Tillie stands out among the many picture books about grandmothers. She is loving and sensitive to her granddaughters, like other grandmothers, but she is uniquely different with her dramatic flair. With that in mind, the story works as a reader’s theatre piece or a book that can be turned into a skit. The lavish illustrations fit this grandmother’s personality and bring a larger-than-life story appropriately to life.
Visit Flashlight Press’ website for a great teacher’s guide: www.flashlightpress.com.
View the book trailer on Jacob’s webpage: www.laurieajacobs.com