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Two for Joy by Gigi Amateau

Two for Joy

by Gigi Amateau

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A very simplistic story about dealing with an elderly relative who can no longer live on her own. ( )
  imtanner2 | Nov 15, 2015 |
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This is a nice book for young girls to discover the joy and insights in caring for the elderly, especially when the family member lives in your home. At first, Aunt Tannie doesn't want to leave her large beautiful ranch but the young girl Jenna, and her mom lovingly persuade their great aunt to live with them. Facing a painful broken ankle injury, Aunt Tannie realizes and patiently surrenders to the idea of family support. Woven throughout the story are difficult issues of emotions for everyone to face, like asking for help and yielding to one another's needs when you don't feel like it or just too busy. Children of multigenerational families will relate to Jenna's attraction to Aunt Tannie's cat, and together their love of soccer and bird watching. Throughout the short easy to read book, you'll find many pencil sketched illustrations to enhance the story. Overall, it's a good book for grades 2-5. ( )
  LadyD_Books | Nov 6, 2015 |
Jenna is initially glad to hear that her elderly great-aunt will be moving into her home, but quickly discovers that her expectations were unrealistic. Gentle in tone, this novel explores the adjustments that must be made as family members require more care. One of the strengths of this book is the realization that the great-aunt still has much to contribute. After a few unpleasant emotions are respectfully aired at a family council, Jenna and her family are able to recapture the joy in their relationships. ( )
  PeggyDean | Aug 31, 2015 |
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This is truly going to be a wonderful book for children, especially those who find that older family members or even family members that need more assistance are brought into the home to live with them. It is a reminder of the changes that families must go through to help each other, to remember to not be too overly attentive that we handicap each other and understanding the feelings each of us face as we learn to live with each other.

The writing is short, sweet and very simple to understand so a wonderful book for young children learning to read more chapter books. And scattered throughout to break-up the story are detailed black and white pictures that will tie the story up rather well.

Finally I love how the old woman's love for birds seems to appear throughout the book while it is those very same birds that bring all three together. By using the various birds scattered throughout Gigi Amateau passes on some of the deepest truths of the story and opens the doorway of understanding for her characters.

A true gem and a pleasure to read....

**Received this book as part of the Members Giveaway at Librarything.com for free in exchange for a reviews** ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 25, 2015 |
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Two for Joy is a beautiful little book about a young girl who learns about change and about what it means to grow older in a loving and giving family. There are many talking points in this story and I would recommend it especially to families of children who are experiencing changes in their households. I appreciate Early Reviewers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. ( )
  sdbookhound | Jun 29, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763630101, Hardcover)

When an adored—and very independent—aunt suffers a fall and comes to live with them, Jenna and her mom discover what makes a family bond unbreakable.

Eight-year-old Jenna is dreaming of playing Olympic soccer when the phone call wakes her. Great-Great Aunt Tannie has broken her ankle, and Jenna’s worried mom decides Tannie should move in with them. Tannie is no delicate old lady—she does heavy chores on her Virginia farm, drives a huge pickup, and even rides her own motorcycle. Plus she’s full of joie de vivre, given to kicking a soccer ball and teaching Jenna all about the birds she’s collected on her life list. Jenna’s excited to have her favorite aunt and cat, Butt, come to stay, but with so many changes to get used to, tempers around the house soon start to flare. Maybe with all the caring and being taken care of, they’ve forgotten what Tannie is still so good at—and neglected to have any fun. In a familiar story told through a child’s eyes, Gigi Amateau reminds us that everyone needs help sometimes, especially those who least expect it.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:15:51 -0400)

When their beloved and very independent great aunt comes to live with them after an accident, 8-year-old Jenna and her mother struggle to keep the peace and adjust to changing family dynamics.

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