It’s a conversation between a young girl and her Nana, from the girl’s perspective, as they spend time together. Nana makes pancakes and they eat them with jam, something that sparks memories for Nana, and questions from the girl - Did you … Is it … What if … are answered through Nana’s stories.
The girl wants to do something special for Nana, to give her a gift to remind her of her youth, and of their time together. She wants Nana to have real apricot jam, because “real jam is made with love.”
Jam for Nana is beautifully and simply illustrated with drawings that imbue the story with a quality of reminiscence. I could recognise much of my own experience in this story, as I’m sure others will see themselves. It’s a story that will touch anyone who has had a close relationship with their grandmother, and would make a wonderful gift.
Title: Jam for Nana
Author: Deborah Kelly
Illustrator: Lisa Stewart
Publisher: Random House, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2014
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture book