What’s in the bag? It looks like it could be a surprise. Lots of things that come in a sack that size are good things. Maybe it’s a doll or a truck or a bar of chocolate. Maybe it’s a whistle or a puzzle. Or maybe, as in the new book “Grandma’s Purse” by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, it’s a whole lot more than that …

Here’s some good news: Grandma Mimi is coming to visit!

She gives the best hugs. She always has “treasures” to share, and every one of them hides in the bottom of her purse. When she’s around, you can barely stop looking at that purse. It’s “full of some magical things.” It’s full of what makes Mimi, Mimi.

Once you’ve gotten your hug and Mimi’s comfortable on the sofa, you can ask politely to see what’s inside that magical purse. It’s going to be something great. Or maybe it’ll be something useful. Or maybe something silly.

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Grandma’s Purse


Written by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Publisher: c.2018, Knopf​

Price: $17.99 ($23.99 Canada​)
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