We’re peeking into Grandma’s Purse this Perfect Picture Book Friday. :)

My grandmother’s purse was nothing like the enormous, treasure-filled bag in today’s picture book, Grandma’s Purse, by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. My grandmother preferred a small, tan, leather clutch with a delicate snap closure to keep her few necessities near. Although she never emptied out her purse, like the grandmother does in today’s book, I was naturally curious to see inside and often leaned over to peek when she removed a lace hankie with her initials embroidered at the corner, her compact mirror engraved with a bouquet of her favorite violets, or a small comb. Despite the petite size of her clutch, my grandmother found space for her coin purse and a few wrapped, lemon candies she shared with me.

If your grandmother had a treasure-filled purse, like the one in today’s book review, I hope you’ll share in the comments a few of the special items she packed that brought you smiles.  🙂

Title – Grandma’s Purse

Written and illustrated by – Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Published by – Alfred A. Knopf -2018

Suitable for ages – 3-7

Topics –  Grandmothers, playing dress-up, sharing.

Opening – Today my grandma Mimi is coming to visit. When Mimi comes over, she always has a new treasure to share. And no matter what it is, it comes from inside her purse.

Amazon Review –  View it HERE. Spend the day with a grandma and granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in their favorite accessory, perfect for readers who love How to Babysit a Grandma!

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. You never know what she’ll have in there–fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it’s pure magic!

In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary.

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Why do I like this book? Vanessa is both a gifted storyteller and a brilliant illustrator.  With just the right expression, the perfect head tilt, and swing of clothing, she brings to life all of the enthusiasm and delight one little girl feels when her grandmother comes for a visit. Each picture is loaded with sweet details to keep the most fidgety of listeners engaged. And for the adults reading this book, this story serves as a sweet stroll down memory lane.
Watch Vanessa Brantley-Newton read her book on YouTube HERE.

Learn about Vanessa Brantley-Newton HERE and HERE.

Find more “Perfect Picture Book Friday” reviews at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE.

Did your grandmother keep fun treasures in her purse? Candy? A small present? Photographs of her loved ones? I would absolutely love to hear some of your treasured “Grandma’s purse” memories in the comments.

Until next Friday!

12 thoughts on “We’re peeking into Grandma’s Purse this Perfect Picture Book Friday. :)

  1. I love Vanessa’s books and illustrations. We are on the same wavelength again this week! 🙂 I honestly can’t remember my grandmother ever carrying a purse. But she often had homemade caramels with her and stashed all around her house. This really is a sweet book.

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  2. I remember going through so many of my older great-aunts (and there were many) purses. My grandmothers died before I was old enough to remember them. Such fun territory to explore. And I never got in trouble. I always love Vanessa’s work. She is such a master. And such a marvelous speaker. Workman made a specialty book called My Granny’s Purse. Have you seen it? https://www.amazon.com/My-Grannys-Purse-P-Hanson/dp/0761177426/
    And Chronicle Books made this specialty book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD00moK0J-o
    Clearly, this is a fascinating topic for kids. Now, I’m wondering if someone needs to do a gender-bending purse book. What do you think?

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  3. It’s funny, but looking back to my childhood, I don’t remember ever being allowed to look inside of my mother’s purse. She always made clear to us what was hers. After she passed away, my sister and I had a challenging time going through her things since her dresser and closet were two other places she had designated as hers only.

    I’m smiling at your picture book idea for a gender-bending purse book. I have a feeling a fair number of items might still be present like a compact mirror, nail file, and such. This would have to be written as #ownvoice, but what a fantastic idea!!!

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    • I’m glad you liked the book I reviewed today. If you check it out from your library, I hope in reading it, memories of your grandmother’s or other dear relative’s purse come pouring back to you. It’s funny, but more than the carefully selected items my grandmother carried in her purse, it’s the sweet smell that has stayed with me.


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