Gramma Darling

A Season of Childhood Spent at a Dear Grandmother’s House

by Lissa Schroeder

Gramma Darling

Gramma Darling

A Season of Childhood Spent at a Dear Grandmother’s House

by Lissa Schroeder

Published Jan 22, 2016
29 Pages
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Grandparenting


Book Details

It is truly extraordinary, the difference one woman can make in the life of a child.

2017 Best Book of the Year Finalist
CIPA EVVY First Place Awards - Family & Relationships and Interior Layout/Design

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.


Book Excerpt

Behind the house, a path led to Grampa's old workshop. Inside, everything was still and dry and smelled a little musty. There was only one small window, so even in daylight everything was in shadow. To us, it was a hallowed place, full of sacred silence. We stepped softly and whispered when we went in there. It felt so empty without him.

On the workbench along one side were a myriad of neglected hand tools and coffee cans full of nuts and bolts. Up the ladder, in the loft, were trunks full of lonely old dolls, a baby cradle shrouded in dust, an ancient metal highchair, a faded red rocking horse sagging sadly on his rusted springs, and heaps of other discarded toys and furniture we’d worn out or long outgrown.

Leaning against the wall, dreaming of winter, was a glorious six-foot toboggan that five of us could ride at a time. Made of sturdy wood, it had thick, twisted rope handles all down the sides, and the front curled up like a sleigh. It reigned undisputed as King of the Snow, but for now, could only stand and wait patiently for its season to return.

We never stayed long in that lonesome place, but after a little while of softly exploring, with relief, we would head back out into the sunshiny, flowery, run-through-the-grass world.



About the Author

Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.



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