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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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Her grandmother always comes to defense, is always in her corner, something Elsa desperately needs because she is a little different. Both she and her grandmother are considered different – in her grandmother’s case – downright eccentric. Grandma expected of her to read books to her while grandma drove her ancient rusting Renault around town, without a driver's license. Elsa does not understand as Granny is her only friend, but they both love treasure hunts so she agrees.

She could be so insightful about certain things, yet so obtuse in that we seemed to miss big chunks of the greater picture (or at least, I did). Our First Nations communities have the oldest continuing storytelling tradition in the world, and custodianship of the land always was, always will be, theirs. And I have to say, once it became clear the fantasy part plays a major role in understanding the whole meaning of Elsa’s journey, I decided to change my crappy attitude and go all in. This dog/Wurse was constantly being fed chocolate, which is actually quite dangerous for our furry friends and should not be encouraged.

It is narrated from the perspective of a seven year-old girl who is precocious to the point of being unbelievable. All the people living in their big old building had a story to tell, relationships to explain, history to be completed, and a communal love for her grandma to be celebrated. Elsa comes to realise how each individual was a part of her grandmother's story and how each in their way is a friend to Elsa even when it may not appear so at the beginning. The Bookbag * There are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. While Ove is a fairly straightforward story, this one ventured back and forth from reality to make believe that I found a little bit hard to stay interested in.

She's so smart and astute that you sometimes forget she's only seven until we see the insecurities and vulnerabilities of a seven year old dealing with her parents' divorce, confronting grief and death and her anxiety over having a half brother or sister and fear that she won't be loved as much . Encourage them to ask questions about your personal life, so that they too can be future storytellers and keep memories alive. While I didn’t find Elsa quite as endearing a main character as darling old Ove, she still provided a humourous and poignant insight into what might otherwise have been a very dark story. The novel is ostensibly that of a little girl named Elsa who is seven years old and her beloved grandmother.Nobody understood this bright child, not even the teachers and headmaster at school, where she was constantly bullied.

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