Finding Granny by Kate Simpson

Finding Granny

Kate Simpson, Author

Gwynneth Jones, Illustrator

EK Books, Fiction, Jul. 3, 2018

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Aging grandparents, Coping with an illness, Intergenerational relationships, Family

Opening: “Edie’s Granny is a playtime Granny, a bedtime, story-time pantomime Granny, an I’m not afraid of some slime Granny.”


Edie’s Granny loves her with the fierceness of a lion Granny. They enjoy being together whether it’s eating ice cream cones, or snuggling up on the couch together proudly displaying their animal slippers. Then one day an ambulance arrives and takes Granny to the hospital.

When Edie arrives at the hospital, she is confronted by the physical changes in her grandmother. The lady in the bed, doesn’t look like Granny. She muddles words. Her smile is crooked and she’s confined to a bed.  Her mother has to feed her. This isn’t the Granny Edie knows. The doctor tells Edie and her mother that Granny had a stroke. Edie visits every day with her mother, but stays outside of her room.

When Edie’s mother takes her to watch one of Granny’s art therapy sessions, she begins to see the Granny she loves is still there, with her sense of humor intact.

Why I like this book:

This is a heartwarming story about the loving bond between Edie and her Granny, and the changes that occur in their relationship when her grandmother has a stroke.

It focuses on a common illness, like a stroke. It also sensitively explores ways for children to cope with a family illness and the rehabilitation process that follows. The book is age-appropriate and will bring children comfort.

The colorful illustrations expressively show Edie’s emotions, which range from indignation, worry,  anger, sadness, and surprise. Kids will watch how Edie finds her way to reconnect with Granny again.

Resources: The book alone is a resource for family members. According to the American Heart and the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.  There is valuable information for family members, a video of a little girl saving her father’s life by calling 911, and moving forward as a family.

Kate Simpson spent her childhood with her nose in a book but always thought writing was something that other people did. In her thirties, Kate finally decided to give it a try and discovered that ideas can come from anywhere and writing can be for anyone. When she’s not writing or reading, Kate loves board games and laughter, the feel of the sun on her face, and spending time with family, particularly her two young children. This is her first picture book.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

*Review copy provided by the publisher.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

26 thoughts on “Finding Granny by Kate Simpson

  1. Since I just spent two weeks with my 90-year-old mother, who suffered a stroke 4 years ago, this book strikes a chord with me. It was awesome to see how her, great and great-great-grandchildren show their affection and respond so well with her. A great book.

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  2. What an awesome topic! I vividly recall visiting my grandmother in the hospital almost 50 years ago – so frightening. And with people starting families later & later, older grandparents are a real possibility these days for young children. Great choice!


    • It can be frightening for children. I’m delighted with a number of excellent picture books I’ve reviewed on similar topics for children. I believe you are right about children being exposed to the issues of grandparents at a younger age. This story could be about be very current and feature a vet with an traumatic brain injury.


  3. Thank you for featuring a PB that addresses a medical condition that touches so many lives. The cover art is entrancing, and your thought-provoking review is excellent. Thanks for sharing this read with us for the New Year, Patricia!


    • Thank you June. It is a subject close to my heart and I am always looking for stories intergenerational stories for children who have grandparents with health issues, dementia and so on!


  4. I hope I’ll never be a Granny who needs to be visited in the hospital, or who doesn’t recognize her grandchildren. But as Darlene says, we all age at some point. My mom was vibrant until she was 89 – and then she wasn’t. This book speaks to us on so many levels.


  5. I recently had to deal with a similar issue with a close relative. It’s nice to see that there are books on the subject to help young children learn how to cope. Thanks for reviewing this book, Pat.


  6. With an aging population, this is a story that will have increasing significance. My grandmother had a stroke when I was seven. Such a long time ago and before there are the marvellous treatments and rehabilitation processes that there are now. She was hospitalised until her death 22 years later. Perhaps a book such as this may have been of comfort to me though I don’t remember feeling anything other than shock and acceptance, and perhaps sadness at the plight of such a wonderful woman. There was really nothing else we could do.


    • Yes, books like this are important for children dealing with family illnesses. That must have been very confusing and frightening for a you as a young child. I’m surprised she was hospitalized for so many years.


  7. this sounds like a wonderful story to help kids face the scary things that happen to their grandparents. Plus art! I love that it connects that way.


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