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GRANNIE ANNIE, Vol I. Selections from the 2006 Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration

Author: Connie McIntyre and Fran Hamilton, ed.

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Publisher: Thumbprint Press, Portico Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: This collection of family stories is by children ages 9 -14 who interviewed an older member of their family. After the interview, the students were to write a story based on the what they were told. The goal of the project is to celebrate and share the value of family stories in the growth and development of children. This is a collection of family histories collected and written by children.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I personally enjoyed this book very much. It is fun to read after a long, busy day. The writing style was a bit infantile, but the stories can make anyone at any age laugh and learn. Grannie Annie’s fantastic memories force the reader to take their own trip down memory lane. You can stop your hectic life, sit down to read a book that’s not complex, and appreciate the family that you have. It lets you remember those silly family stories or incidents that take you back to a happy place in time. The book also reminds the readers how much people have in common no matter how old they are. In addition to a great read Grannie Annie gives kids the opportunity to write and share their intimate family stories. This book teaches and exposes kids to writing, and hopefully they can learn to enjoy writing so that readers are fortunate enough to enjoy their writing. I suggest Grannie Annie to all ages because everyone has family memories. This book is perfect when you’re off at college and missing you family but at the same time this book is wonderful for a good bedtime story for a parent to share with their kid. It’s also a great teaching method you can use when you have a young child that you would like to expose to writing. No mater how old you are you are sure to enjoy this touching collection of stories written by kids who shares their memories so their readers can remember theirs.

Adult Reader Reaction: There are 24 stories in this first volume. Whether the reader/listener is 9 or 89 he or she will be intrigued by the stories and reflect on the impact that family stories had on their own lives.

Pros: The vignette style offers opportunities for readers, listeners or guides to select themes and open conversations ... or interviews of one's own family.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This book should be on the bookshelves in all elementary and junior high schools as a resource for group discussion of family life and issues. School Counselors, After Care Providers, and Youth Group Leaders will find the selections very helpful as conversation starters for addressing issues and concerns of growing up.


Educational Themes: The Grannie Annie Project is an excellent and comprehensive educational experience. It actively involves the student/author in all facets of the writing process. The student/story teller proudly shares a real life family experience with his/her classmates. The student/listener has the opportunity to appreciate the humanity of his/her peers and their families. It is certainly something that can be tried at home.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - short stories, middle grade, anthology

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2006

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