“Each double-page spread of this book presents a new thought on what Great-Aunt May had, from a dresser full of hairpins to a nephew who drove her to the store. There is no continuous story line; instead, the unifying concept is that all of the positive aspects of her life added up to a gracious plenty. As such, the book is conflict-free. For the most part, the text is consistent with the observations of the two young girls pictured, but occasionally lapses into adult memory: would a child think of an older person’s feet as being dainty in their ‘modest lace-up shoes?’ The full-color illustrations are reminiscent of Robert McCloskey’s work, yet are not quite as nostalgic or engaging. They are fully realized colored-pencil drawings with nice detail, but the cartoon quality of the characters is at odds with the nostalgic tone of the story.” - School Library Journal
“Affectionate portrait of a person who once played a valuable role: the maiden great-aunt. Setting her reminiscence a generation or two ago, Palmer mentions what Great-Aunt May didn’t have (husband, children) before describing the home into which she welcomes young relatives and her comfortable nature and pursuits... " - Kirkus Reviews
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“This book appeals to both children and adults. It is written in an easy style and a first or second grader should be able to read it. Our children are 10 and 8, and sometimes bring out A Gracious Plenty to be read as a bed time story.”
Monique Atgood, Central Florida – May, 2011 (Amazon)
GREAT AUNT MAY
KATE AND HER SISTERS | FROM LEFT TO RIGHT KATE, MARGARET, AND MARTY