Books for Kids: Nana’s Summer Surprise

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Nana’s Summer Surprise
Tundra Books
age 5-8
Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman, illustrated by Georgia Graham
32 pages

Synopsis from Tundra Books:

In this third book of related titles, our protagonist must face one more hurdle in accepting his Nana’s new “family.” Nana’s new husband Bob has a grandaughter named Hortense. They were friends last summer – but over the winter she’s changed and the tentative friendship they shared seems a thing of the past. At the cottage again for a summer holiday, the protagonist is horrified to discover that Hortense is no longer likely to enjoy climbling trees and running around. She’s grown tall, wears skirts, and pins pictures of rock stars on her wall. Nana has deemed it “inappropriate” for them to share a room. All seems lost, until the two manage to find something to work towards together: a surprise birthday party for Nana.

Whether it’s reconnecting with cousins over summer vacation or meeting up with school friends after being away for the summer, kids have expectations of picking up where they left off. But like in Nana’s Summer Surprise, people grow and change. It seems as though Hortense and Nana’s grandson just don’t seem to have the same bond they did last summer but in reality they have both changed. Sometimes it takes a moment to find a new thread in your friendship. A great continuation in the third book following Nana’s Getting Married and Her Comes Hortense and a perfect read as kids prepare to meet-up with family and friends this summer.

You can find a copy of Nana’s Summer Surprise by visiting your local bookstore or Tundra Books. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations.

I have to thank Rockit Promotions for my review copy.

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