Written by Gigi Amateau
Illustrated by Abigail Marble
Centered around little Jenna and her mother, Grace, this lovely little chapter book says a lot about family, aging, and love for animals. Grace gets a call in the middle of the night. Her one remaining aunt, Tannie, has fallen (again) and broken her ankle. As her only living relatives, Jenna and Grace work on a scheme to talk Tannie into leaving her farm in Mississippi and coming to live with them in Virginia. First, they have to make their house ready for an elderly woman in recovery. Second, they have to drive her home and convince her. During the fourteen-hour drive, they play the counting crows game. Third, the three of them need to adjust to each other. Grace tries to take care of everything, leaving Jenna feeling neglected and Tannie feeling useless.
Third graders will learn about the issues of aging and also a little about birds and other animals. The wonderful characters lend themselves to wanting to find the outcome and independent reading.
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- Title: Two for Joy
- Author: Gigi Amateau
- Illustrator: Abigail Marble
- Published: Candlewick Press, 2015
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
- Grade Level: 2 to 5
- Genre: Fiction, birds, elderly
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-3010-2
- Extras: Author’s note with suggestions for games