The Lines on Nana’s Face

29363377The Lines on Nana’s Face by Simona Ciraolo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publishers Group Canada
Publication Date: 2016
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Family, Memories, Storytime


It’s granny’s birthday, but her little granddaughter wonders why, because of the lines on her face, she looks so worried! But they are simply wrinkles, and grandma is very fond of her lines because they are where she keeps her memories. In this imaginative and charming story, Simona Ciraolo turns the lines from old age into little wrinkles of wonder and memory as a little girl learns all about the precious moments in her grandma’s life.


This story is just lovely, lovely, lovely.

The hardcover is gorgeous. I think I will display in my room so it’s the first thing anyone sees when they enter it. It’s the sort of book you know you’ll treasure for many years to come.

Because how could you not? It’s a story anyone on this planet can connect with and Nana herself is a character you’ll love instantly.

Nana’s grandchild asks her why she looks so sad, but Nana tells her that’s not sadness that has gathered in the lines on her face; it’s joyful and sometimes, yes, sad memories.

The lines on her face remind Nana of times in her life that shaped her and made the person she is today. This makes me look at wrinkles in a whole new way. Honestly, and surely you’re aware of this, women in general do not like lines.

But Nana embraces hers, which makes me respect her all the more.

I’m so glad this book was published. It feels awfully short though.


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