When Grammy Comes to Play
After she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in June 2015, no one could have blamed Twin Cities native Karen Wiswell had she wanted to retreat from the world. Instead, Wiswell determined to create a legacy of love for her grandsons, George and Henry. Together with daughter Kristine Rauenhorst, Wiswell penned When Grammy Comes to Play, a tale celebrating the precious relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, with a reminder that if they cannot be together, they can always meet in their dreams.
“We hope this book helps children and families who have experienced or are preparing to experience loss,” Kristine says. “The topic itself can be heavy and tricky with young ones, but our hope is that the tone and approach of this story helps highlight how this love can live on in all of us, and that we can still be together, laughing and finding joy in the activities we shared.”
Throughout the story, illustrator Shelley Dieterichs includes activities that Karen, George, and Henry love doing together, from reading and playing to fixing boo-boos, baking cookies, and bedtime snuggles. Stars in the artwork reflect Karen’s hope that as they reach adulthood, her grandsons will sometimes look up at the night sky, see the stars and know she is happy and loves them.
As part of their legacy, book sale proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter. Meet the authors and check out the book at its storytime launch event, 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the new Barnes & Noble in Galleria.