Most of the essays are five or six pages, and each of them has the unique flavour of its author – full of their sensual perspectives, and the nature of their involvement. Some live with their grandchildren and so are participants in every milestone. Others visit or are visited occasionally and so have a kind of seasonal perspective, but each of them fulfils a critical role in the lives of their grandchildren, and has found their own lives richer as a result. All of the essays provide a certain amount of advice for other grandparents, a sense of joy and happiness, and that broad perspective that comes with age and experience.
Obviously this would be a nice gift book for any grandparent, particularly the new one. It would be a lovely gesture on the birth of a firstborn grandchild, and provide the kind of reflection that stimulates more of the same. Though small, the book is nicely packaged with a folding cover, and a crisp design between each essay.
The Book of Grandparents:
A Celebration of a Very Special Kind of Love
Paperback, 176 pages, AUD $27.95, ISBN: 9780733324673, March 2009