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The Midwest Book Review’s “Children’s Book Watch: Picturebook Shelf” features a review of Grandma and her Chocolate Labrador in their January 15, 2015 issue.

Grandma and Her Chocolate Labrador is an inspiring intergenerational story that explores the meaning of loneliness and the need for ongoing connection and friends at all ages. Grandma is a sweet lady whose family and grandchildren move away from her home town, leaving her time and space to fill with other memories. Grandma turns to her photo albums of her childhood to remember some of the things she used to enjoy as a child. Gradually she rediscovers ways to cheer herself, finding a new pet fish, old toys to treasure and play with, and best of all, a new chocolate Labrador puppy brought to her by a neighbor boy. Things continue, and Grandma and Chocolate become best friends and companions to each other. Her family and grandchildren visit, and of course, they are growing up. Grandma is happy to have her new lifelong companion, Chocolate, her best friend. Tender paintings of Grandma and her pets and family hold the intimacy and warmth of the story, slightly enhanced by the memory of emptiness. Grandma and Her Chocolate Labrador is a heartwarming experience for children of all ages to share.”

The Midwest Book Review has provided the review to the Helen C. White Library’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (University of Wisconsin, Madison) where it will be made available to school and community librarians throughout Wisconsin’s public school systems and community libraries. This review has also been provided to the Cengage Leaming, Gale interactive CD-ROM series Book Review Index, which is published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems. Read review online