By Cecil Castellucci
Illustrated by:Julia Denos
Candlewick Press, 2010
This book captures love and loss
wonderfully. Castellucci illustrates how
close grandmothers and granddaughters can
Grandma loves to tend to her plants and
blossoms. She talks to her roses. She
loves to spend time with her grandma who
loves to water her flowers. She even
waters the little girl on warm summer
One day, Grandma becomes ill and dies.
The little girls realizes that her
Grandma can’t care for her any longer.
She feels sad about that until she
remembers all that her Grandma taught
her. She then realizes in that moment
that her cup overflows with love and
The illustrations are very realistic.
My niece was mesmerized by the sadness of
the cover of the book. The illustrations
capture the sadness and happiness of each
of the moments of the book with each
double page spread.