Reviews

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“…I am sure that this book is headed to be a ‘classic.’ The brilliant way the author has chosen to pass on the heritage of the family, with historical facts and timelines inserted, and with the added beauty of the photos to visually enhance the text, this is a book that you will certainly want to add to your collection. 

This is a ‘passing of the torch’ book that will help grandparents open up and tell their stories to the next generation. I highly recommend it.”
 – Marilyn Panton, Storywraps, Babybookworms   [ link] 


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“By far one of the most unique and entertaining books for young readers age four and up is Lori Scott Stewart’s Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! ($19.95, Palmar Press), but it is really for all the generations from grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. Told in rhyming verse, it is a tribute to those generations who came well before the technology today’s kids take for granted and tells the story, replete with black-and-white photos on pages facing those filled with color photos, of how those earlier generations lived through events that preceded and included the Great Depression and World War Two, before television, air conditioning, computers and all of the conveniences of our times. I had the pleasure of recommending Ms. Stewart’s debut book, “If I Had as Many Grandchildren as You” that went on to receive a 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award and Family Choice Awards. This book is sure to win a lot of award as well. It is a delight to the eye, the ear, and the soul as it takes one from those early photos to those that capture the world in full color today. ” - Alan Carumba,  Bookviews (link)

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“…We loved the words and the ideas behind the book but the real show stopper was the pictures. Each page is filled with actual photographs of people, places and things, old and new. It was wonderful to go through these with Little ‘R’ and talk about things she had never seen before like old fashioned cars and telephones. It was such fun to do this together!… 

If you are looking for a book to share with your children that offers an excellent look at history and the opportunity to spark conversations about the way life used to be in your own family, this book is a must. I happily recommend this book as a tool to get the generations talking and sharing and I know it will be favorite in our home for years to come.”
  – Kristin Jordan, ReviewedByMom   [ link ] 


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“Grandma, Aren’t You Glad…. the World’s Finally in Color Today!” tells an interested audience of grandchildren the story of a family history in witty, contemporary verse, with timelines, black and white and color photos to compare ways of dressing and living in the past and in the present. The photos and couplets of narrative verse compare children’s experience of going to school, doing chores, leisure activities, special toys and games, favorite books and modern communication devices, physical activities for fun, and dances, past and present. Contrasting sets of actual photos show sepia and black and white photos on the “old” or left page, and bright colored photos on the modern, right page of similar activities and events for each era. Each set of pages shows a timeline page header that marks famous events by different years, showing a progression through time from as early as 1902 to 2011. “Grandma, Aren’t You Glad… the World’s Finally in Color Today!” is a creative bonding opportunity for the young and the old, to discuss and remember shared history. It is a beautiful blending of intergenerational cross communication and shared family love with history, keeping a fresh appeal for young audiences of children age 3 and up. – James A. Cox, Children’s Book Watch, Midwest Book Review   [ link ]

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“Lori Stewart, in her book, Grandma, Aren’t You Glad…the World’s Finally In Color Today! takes us all on a delightful skip down history’s lane. It stirs fond memories of those who walked its path and brings a fun, new contrast to the youth of today. It’s a creative legacy to leave behind to our families.”
 – Darleen Wohlfeil, StoryMonster Ink, 12.14 issue   [ link ]

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This is a story about a couple kids who visit their grandma after they get out of school for the summer. The grandma pulls out some photo albums to share with the kids about how things used to be, compared to the world we live in today.

There were a lot of words in the story I didn’t know what they meant, like swashes or pinafore dresses. The pictures helped me to figure it out.  I liked the part where the kids met in the sandlot to play, just like the movie Sandlot.  My friends like to meet in the commons area by my house, too. It is funny that, one day, I will be telling my grandchildren the places I liked to go and play, and it will be completely different from what they do. Or it might be very similar.

I don’t think I would recommend this book to my friends, because it was a little long and seemed to go on forever. There were a lot of big words that I didn’t understand, and my mom had to do a lot of explaining. I did like looking through all the pictures in the book. Reviewed by Drew, Age 6, San Francisco Book Review

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“My boys are always shocked and amazed when I tell them about how I grew up. I made it all the way through college with no computer or Internet. Our first television showed pictures only in black-and-white, and we only had three channels. There were no videogames or cell phones. How did I survive without today’s “necessities”? These are always fun conversations, and the children’s book, Grandma, Aren’t You Glad … the World’s Finally in Color Today! by Lori Stewart will spark these kinds of discussions with your children and grandchildren. 

Told in fun rhyming verse, this book is told in the voice of a grandmother explaining to her grandchild how HER mother and father lived as compared to life for kids today. Great-grandma attended a one-room schoolhouse, used a blackboard, and walked to school. Families played board games instead of videogames and read books or listened to the radio for entertainment. It soon becomes obvious that the differences are vast between kids’ lives today and those of their great-grandparents! A timeline at the top of each page highlights memorable moments, such as when Alaska and Hawaii became states and the Polaroid camera was invented. 

Grandma, Aren’t You Glad … the World’s Finally in Color Today! is not only fun to read with kids, but it’s educational (even if kids don’t realize they’re learning)! Vintage and color photographs also lend reality to the text. This book would make a great gift for children to give to Grandma for the holidays!”  Susan Helm, On Parenting (link)

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“…This book creates an opportunity for readers to share their own family tree, and gives grandparents a way to start conversations about who we are and where we came from, and fulfill their role as family historian. …I loved the fact that the left side pages were black and white and the right side were color….I also love the fact that when I read it with my 9-year-old granddaughter it causes her to ask all sorts of questions. 

If you are looking for a great gift for your nana or poppa I highly recommend Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! It’s a book your grandchild will enjoy reading with you again and again.”
– Teresa Kindred, NanaHood.com   [ link ]

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 “…The read-aloud picture book features black-and-white photos from generations ago side-by-side with brightly colored present-day photos. Every two pages contains photos about a particular subject with a time line running across the top of the pages with fascinating details. You can really learn something from Lori-s time line which provides facts in an easy to read way that will jog your memory about the dates for certain things–and give older generations a chance to educate children….”
– Teri Flatley, Boom This!

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“The beauty of this tale comes from the ‘good’ things in life that are very rarely spoken of anymore…except between those lucky ones who can visit Grandma’s house, smell the scent of the chocolate chip cookies, and literally have a time travel experience, as they meet their relatives and admire and learn about the generations that have come before them.”

“This author has done a stunning job; from the rhyme to the timeline across the top of each page that actually corresponds with the topic being spoken about (AKA: a timeline of toys is offered that marks everything from the Teddy Bear arriving on the scene in 1902 to the Apple iPhone introduction in 2007). This is a definite look back book, but combined with the present day ‘color’ that the past two centuries produced. Beautiful thoughts, exciting ideas and great photos make this one a definite ‘must-read’ for all kids and adults.”

“Quill says: A perfect tale that teaches to never forget the ‘black-and-white’ glory, while making sure to celebrate the Technicolor world of today!”
—Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill

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 “Grandma, Aren’t You Glad The World’s Finally in Color Today! is a beautiful read-aloud book that helps grandparents tell their stories to the next generation. What could be more important than connect with and passing on the stories of our heritage to our children and grandchildren? Engaging both in photography and art plus rhymes that children love to hear, this book is a wonderful gift for new grandparents or for a grandma of any age. I highly recommend it!”
—Cheri Fuller, Speaker and Author, Connect With Your Grandkids, What A Son Needs From His Mom. and other books

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“The language is so rich and gorgeous and musical, it just sings. The meter is so sure and comfortable, the rhyming is never forced, and the text never talks down to the children – very important!”
—Margaret McGirr, School Librarian Volunteer, Greenwich, CT

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“Just fantastic! Clever easy-to-read verse makes it such a great read-aloud book. The contrast and pictures are really something – very cleverly done. I can see it being a springboard for amazing conversations between children and their grandparents.”
—Charlotte Roberts, former 3rd Grade Teacher, Carmel, CA

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“Our little granddaughters LOVE your book. When they questioned me about the pictures of “old things”, we put on head-lamp flashlights and made an expedition to the over-stuffed, musty old attic to see if we could find a bit of family history hiding up there. We found a box of old telephones (like the ones pictured), clothes from the “old days” and toys their father and aunties played with when they were little. We rescued a lot of “curious” things during that pilgrimage and spent the rest of the day with our new (old) treasures! It’s wonderful that your books have these “spin-out” threads that allow me to use them to engage the children beyond story-time”.
—Terri Devours, Grandmother and Educator, Washington DC

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“Such clever writing, and once again this book is absolutely charming…..your gift for rhyme is unbelievable.  Dr. Seuss would have put you on his team ”
—Reggie Rogers, Communications,  Montecito, CA