Project Description

Grandma U

by Jeanie Franz Ransom
illustrated by Lucy Corvino

“There’s one thing no school can teach you about being a grandma. It’s something you already know. And it’s the most important thing of all.”

First-time grandmother Molly McCool cannot remember the old nursery rhymes and she never did like rocking chairs. Why, she can’t even bake a decent cookie! But it is never too late to relearn old tricks, so Molly enrolls in Grandma University to brush up on her skills. Here, Molly and her classmates are instructed in the grandmotherly arts of cuddling and diapering, making funny faces, babbling in baby talk, and reading the same picture book over (and over and over) again! Molly is quick to learn but is still plagued by doubts: Will good intentions and trips to the zoo be enough? But her fears disappear with the first touch of her newborn grandchild and the surprising realization that she had what it takes to be a grandmother all along.

Author Jeanie Franz Ransom offers a humorous and loving tribute to grandmothers everywhere in this warmhearted tale. Lucy Corvino’s expressive, comic illustrations capture the hilarious lengths to which grandmothers will go to please and pamper their beloved grandchildren.

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Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-214-9
Total Pages: 32
Size: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2
Language: English

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 65188
AR Reading Level: 3.2
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: M
F&P Grade: 2


“Inventive… The author’s amusing concept translates well to the page, allowing for a wide range of comic situations… Ransom’s writing is lively, witty, and well paced…effective and satisfying… Corvino’s curvy, exuberant watercolor-and-colored-pencil drawings…are a perfect accompaniment to the text… This visually appealing, contemporary tale is perfect for, but not limited to, intergenerational sharing… Children will ask for this one over and over again.” ―Booklist


Storytelling World Resource Awards (honor, Stories for Adult Listeners) ―Storytelling World magazine 2004

Meet the Author

Jeanie Franz Ransom is a school counselor and a freelance writer. She is the author of  Grandma U; What Do Parents Do (When You’re Not Home)?; and Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales. A graduate of Cornell College, she holds a master’s in professional counseling from Lindenwood University and works as a school counselor. She lives in Missouri. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Lucy Corvino has illustrated many children’s books, including Grandma U. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Columbia University Teacher’s College. She lives in New Jersey.