The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is very unique and truly special, and it is never more evident than on the pages of this wonderfully endearing picture book. Author Debbie Daniele drew on her own experience as a wife, mother, and now grandmother to pen As I Grow Up and You Grow Down, skillfully capturing the wonder and beauty of the multi-generational relationship and its role in the development of a child’s character.
This uncomplicated tale follows two children, a boy and girl, as they share a number of simple, yet memory-making activities with their adored grandmother. When the children are small, they follow diligently as Grandma leads the way, gently instructing them as they bake cookies, plant flowers, and learn to sing their favorite songs. During their time together, the children dream of the day when they will be big enough to emulate Grandma’s patience and compassion. As the children grow up and become more capable, they take joy in returning their grandmother’s kindness, whether escorting her to the movies, knitting her a sweater or initiating an embrace at the end of the day. Each precious memory enriches their lives for the future, molding them into more confident, thoughtful adults who are sold out on compassion and love.
As I Grow Up and You Grow Down is a tender and reflective volume that not only reinforces the bond between children and their grandparents, but also fosters dialogue between little ones and their parents about the importance of relationships and shared experiences, especially within families.